These project examples, developed by teachers from a wide range of grade levels and subject areas, use the Showing Evidence Tool to promote critical thinking and spark classroom discussions.
Oobleck: Does everything have its place?
Grade: 3, Physical Science
Ooey, gooey Oobleck is a mystery matter. Without knowing the ingredients for Oobleck, students investigate its properties and use Showing Evidence to make a claim about Oobleck’s state of matter.
First Shot: Is everything you read true?
Grades: 4-5, Social Studies
Students read various accounts about who really fired the first shot of the Revolutionary War. They consider different perspectives and make a claim as to who fired “The Shot Heard Around the World.”
Electoral College: How can I make a difference?
Grades: 9-12; Social Studies, History, Civics
Students examine the voters’ rights section of the Constitution and study the history of voting as it relates to the presidential elections in the United States. Using the Showing Evidence Tool, students formulate claims as to whether Electoral College should be preserved, modified, or eliminated.
Freedom: What is freedom?
Grade: 10-12, World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government
Some ideas about governing citizens persist through time and across cultures. In this unit, students explore the concept of personal freedom using primary and secondary sources. Using Showing Evidence, students create claims and find supporting evidence to answer the question: Should a government place limits on the freedoms of its citizens?
Personal Identity: What makes me who I am?
Grades: 6-8, Language Arts, Literature
Students use the Showing Evidence Tool to analyze the decision-making and risk-taking behaviors of a character in Doris Lessing’s short story, Through the Tunnel. They then consider how their behaviors and decisions have shaped their own identity.
Media Messages: Is seeing believing?
Grades: 6-8, Language Arts, Media Studies
Students investigate the role of advertising and how it shapes their view of the world and themselves. They use Showing Evidence to debate whether advertisements aimed at children should be banned.
Roman Sandals: Does history repeat itself?
Grades: 6-8, Social Studies
Students examine the rise and fall of Roman Empire and compare it with the path the United States is taking. They use the Showing Evidence Tool to take a stance on whether the U.S. is following in the same path as ancient Rome.
Genius Unleashed: How do we explain what happens around us?
Grades: 7-12, Science research
Students as scientists generate an authentic experimental idea through natural curiosity and interest. They use the Showing Evidence Tool to gather evidence to support their idea and arrive at a well-researched hypothesis to be used for an independent science research project and future experimentation.