Take a look at eight detailed unit plans that include Seeing Reason activities to engage students in thinking about cause and effect.
Getting Along: What pulls us apart and brings us together?
Grades K-2, Social Studies, Math
Primary students research playground behavior, consider the factors that influence their recess experience and propose ways to make recess enjoyable for everyone. They use the Seeing Reason Tool to think through causes, effects, and solutions to problems on the playground. Students poll other students and graph results to share in a class newsletter.
Charlotte's Web: Why do we do what we do?
Grades 3-5, Literature
After reading Charlotte's Web, elementary students read an imagined unfinished "lost chapter" in which Wilbur's life is once again in peril. Students are charged with “ghost writing” the last chapter in order to get Wilbur out of this latest mess, while staying true to the characters in the book. Students use the Seeing Reason Tool to help them analyze the relationship between character and plot, and then write a final chapter that ensures Wilbur's safety, once and for all.
Road Safety: How can I understand the world around me?
Grades 3-5, Social Studies
Students address the problem of traffic accidents in their community. Using the Seeing Reason mapping tool, they investigate cause-and-effect relationships that contribute to the problem. Students prepare for a public service presentation by developing a well-reasoned plan for making the roads safer for all.
Bridge the Gap: How can math help me understand my world?
Grades 6-9, Science
Student groups of civil engineering firms design and construct a bridge that will hold the most weight for a given span. In preparation for their project, students build different structures; investigate properties of triangles and rectangles; take a virtual bridge field trip to learn about various types of bridges and examine famous bridges from around the world; and conduct several design and strength tests.
Ecology Explorers: How can we all get along?
Grades 6-8, Science, Language Arts
Taking the role of wildlife conservationists, students become experts on an endangered animal or plant that is at risk in their region. After mapping their understanding of threatened species using the Seeing Reason Tool, students prepare a presentation for an authentic audience to propose practical, as well as economically feasible, solutions to ensure the continued survival of that species.
Weather: Why is it important to be prepared?
Grades 6-8, Science
Students take on the role of meteorologist to understand and prepare for a weather phenomenon that may strike in their assigned city. The Seeing Reason Tool helps students analyze the impact that a particular phenomenon may have on their area.
Communication Tech: Why change the way things are?
Grades 9-12, Art, Science
High school students research the question: How have inventions in visual communication impacted our life? Students use the Seeing Reason Tool to organize their ideas on a selected invention and how it has impacted society. Students then debate which invention has had the greatest impact on visual communication.
Dream Home: How are our lives affected by the choices we make?
Grades 9-12, Consumer Math
Students receive an inheritance and must decide what home is the right one for the to purchase. Quaint cottage or stately mansion? Suburban ranch house or urban loft? In this consumer math project, students learn how to calculate the real cost of real estate and use Seeing Reason to consider the myriad factors that influence home buying decisions. Students will prepare a presentation to support their home choice purchase.