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Project URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/motthall/neinstein/eee/european_escapade.htm 

How it works:
EXHILARATING EUROPEAN ESCAPADES is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program combining economics, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and technology for middle school students. It provides them opportunities to collaborate with their peers, to use critical-thinking and research skills, to compare and contrast travel fees, and to explore the Internet. Furthermore, the students gain invaluable real-world mathematics experience. The culminating activity, a collaborative PowerPoint presentation, synthesizes learning from all aspects of the program.

Standards addressed:  
Mathematics: Students collect and organize data to display with tables, charts, and graphs that are consistent with the nature of the data. They make conclusions and recommendations regarding each other's statistics and invoke problem-solving strategies to clarify or organize information in a table. They verify and interpret results from an original problem/situation; organize work; explain a solution orally and in writing, and use other techniques to make the meaning clear to audiences; and they determine the needs of the event to be managed or planned, e.g., cost, supply, and scheduling.
English: Students read and comprehend informational materials, produce an information report, participate in group meetings, demonstrate an understanding of the rules of the English language in written and oral work, and analyze and revise work for clarity and effectiveness.
Social Studies: Students develop and apply skills needed to make informed economic decisions.

: Students are proficient, practice responsibility, and develop positive attitudes in the use of technology that supports lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity. They use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources, and process data and report results for solving problems and making 

Materials used:
Required materials are computers with Internet access, a TV and LCD projector, and software that includes SmartBoard or TVator, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Inspiration.

The students:
The needs of the middle school learner are met through the individual and collaborative activities of the interdisciplinary unit.

Overall value:
Students are engaged in a collaborative project-based unit. They work together in all aspects of the program – discussion, planning, researching, note-taking, designing, creating, revising, presenting, and evaluating. This unit provides the students with an engaging connection to real-world mathematics while developing their English, social studies, and technology skills, and arousing their interest in world travel.

The teacher is an instructor, role model, and facilitator who provides guidance to groups and individual students. Decide the parameters for organizing groups, considering the students and the dynamics of the class. Review your groups to ensure that they contain a mix of personalities and genders.   Circulate around the room to observe groups and individuals. Write down your observations to provide a record of each group/student’s headway. Plan to observe four individuals or four groups in a single session. Before each observation, decide which skills/behaviors and students/groups that you will observe. Keep forms on a clipboard for easy access.    


About the teacher:
During her 28-year tenure in the New City Public School System, Nancy Sotomayor-Einstein has served as teacher, bilingual liaison, staff developer, mentor, director of Holocaust Studies, and Curriculum and Integration of Technology specialist. She has presented workshops at conferences and on district and school levels, was an educational consultant for Wave Hill, (a NYC nature center), co-wrote District Ten’s Handbook for Parents of Bilingually Gifted Children, and has written curriculum for the NYC Board of Education’s Gifted Unit. Currently, Nancy teaches at the Mott Hall School in District Six.

E-mail: NANSE717@aol.com 

Subject Areas:  

Social Studies                        

Grade Levels: 6-9




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