Math & Science

Cell Analogy Exhibition Project

Essential Question: What are cells, how are they structured, what processes do they undergo, and why does it matter to me?

Analogy: a comparison between two things, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification

Project Description: “Cells-R-Us”

There are an estimated 30 to 75 trillion cells in the human body. Cells make up all living things. Cells need to carry on the same basic functions as we do to sustain life; the difference is that cells do this with much smaller parts. These smaller structures that allow the cell to function are called organelles – “tiny organs”. While most cells contain similar organelles, plants and animals have some very important differences.

The design team of “Cells R Us” is attempting to create a travel destination that promotes awareness of cells among the general public. You have been hired as a team of consultants for this project. Think of destinations like amusement parks, ball parks, zoos, farms, malls, etc. There are certainly more possibilities than this. In order for your project to be considered by Cells r Us, you must present a 3D model of your attraction with the following characteristics:

  • Cell Structure:
    • Identification of the plant or animal cell organelles being displayed, with written justification (For example: The golgi packages secretions. “Be sure to visit the Golgi center inside the gift shop, and have your purchases gift wrapped for you before you leave” ) and image of the actual organelle.
  • Diffusion, Osmosis and Active Transport
    • A written explanation with visuals of how materials and people travel to and from your attraction.
  • Cell Respiration
    • A visual representation and written explanation of how your attraction obtains energy.


This project requires a deep understanding and synthesis of cell structures, functions, and relationships to each other. As such, this project will be scored comprehensively.


Required Project Components- Cell Analogy Checklist

Project Proposal and Signed Approval                                  __________

Completed Analogies Planning Page                                    __________

3D Model Blueprints                                                              __________

Written Report with…

  • Organelle Function and Explanation of Analogy          __________
  • Osmosis, Diffusion, Active Transport                           __________
  • Cellular Respiration                                                      __________

3D Model                                                                               __________


Cell analogy Project Rubric


Humanities: Native Cultures

Essential Question:

What stories can we hear in the voices, artifacts, and culture of pre-colonial native peoples?

Project Description: Cross-Cultural Powwow

Students will bring to life a historical figure from pre-colonial North America using modern technology, artifacts, and words within the context of a traditional native American powwow. The powwow will be used as a place to share ideas, artifacts, and stories from each unique culture.

In a nutshell, students will learn:

How to work both collaboratively and independently when researching and writing.
How to read primary and secondary source documents.
How to take effective notes when conducting research.
How to effectively share research findings.
How to compose fictional narratives based on factual events.
Required Components:
* Personal narrative told in first person based on research, including brief synopsis for display/sharing at Exhibition.
* Slide presentation depicting the evolution of assigned tribe from Pre-Columbian, to early European intervention, and finally to modern times.
* A replica of a historically accurate, man made artifact directly related to assigned tribe.

Standards, Strands, Skills (Students will learn, do):
A basic list of major standard, strands, and skills assessed in this projects. These should follow the state frameworks, including ELA and Math Common Core.

RI2: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

RI 7: Integrate information presented in different media or formats as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

RL2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

RL3: Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond to change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

W3: Write narratives to develop a real or imagined experience or event using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

RH2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Major Assessments:

1. Students will synthesize their knowledge of narrative writing with their historical understanding of their assigned Native American culture to construct a historical fiction narrative set in pre-colonial America.
2. Students will create a digital presentation depicting the history of their assigned culture from pre-Columbian to modern times.

3. Students will create a historically accurate replica of a man made artifact that reflects a unique characteristic or trait from their assigned culture.


Title: 6th Grade Native American Songs

Objectives: to learn to sing Native American and Native American inspired songs. The songs include Mowtay,The Earth is Our Mother, hand game songs and more.

Major assignments:
Sectional work and small group performances. Graded via the rubric.
Students choose the song for the small groups performance.
Day after Exhibition concert at 9:00am in Charter Hall

Scoring Rubric
6th grade Singing

EP 6T1 – Voici mon collège – French

For their first trimester French exhibition project, 6th grade students have been working on creating a booklet presenting their “collège” in French. The booklet includes their school schedule, a presentation and a description of their teachers and classmates, a description of the items they have in their backpacks and a list of their favorite things at school.
Voici mon collège – 6th Grade First term exhibition – French
EP 6T1 Rubric