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Back In Time Project Based Learning

Back In Time Project Based Learning

Author: Rebecca Feng

Students will write a comparison essay covering two pieces of music from different time periods. Students will research the lifestyles of fifth grade students during a 1944. Students will compile evidences of different activities and/or experiences of fifth grade students during this world changing event in history. Students will use evidence to create a Power Point demonstrating what they have discovered.

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Back In Time - Swing that Tune

Students will compare and contrast two songs from different decades - 1944 and 2014. Students will use a Venn diagram to organize differences and similarities of what they heard. Students will use the information on their Venn diagram to write a compare and contrast essay.
Students will research information concerning lifestyles of children in 1944. Students will create a power point presentation using the research.

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Blank Venn Diagram

Instructions: Research the year 1944 songs. Choose a song to compare with a favorite song from this year, 2014. Play each song and listen and look for the following: What is the tempo? What is the orchestration? Is it a vocal piece (solo or group)? Is it instrumental? What is the meter? Does it change in tempo or meter? What are the dynamics and do the dynamics change? Why was the song written?
Use the Venn diagram below to help you compare and contrast the two songs. As you listen to a song, write down everything you hear in the contrast section for each song. After listening is completed write down the similarities you heard in the center section and mark through any similarities you may have written in the contrast sections.

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Song Research Help

I have inserted directions for using and as sources of research. I have also given you suggestions to help you with your search. You will be using a KWS chart for this portion of your project. 

Blank KWS Chart

You can use the blank KWS chart below. 

Sample of KWS chart

I used Google to research possible places to locate popular songs of 1944 and 1974. 

Compare and Contrast Essay

The next step after researching the songs is to write the compare and contrast essay. I am attaching the criteria for you to follow and a writing example to use as a guide. 

Organizing Ideas for Draft

The Venn diagram used to compare and contrast musical ideas and sounds will be used as organizing tool for the comparison contrast essay. This diagram will help organize the traits heard while listening to the two songs. The traits listed on the Venn diagram should be present in the essay. 

Examples of the Writing Process

I am including examples of the writing process. How may we use these documents to answer the following questions: 

Draft: What might a draft look like? 

Revision: How does a revision help in the writing process? 

Editing: What parts of the draft are corrected in the editing process? 

PDF File for Revision

Ms. Wright,

FYI: The revision comments I created will not save to the pdf document. Just to let you know. 

Rebecca Feng

Edited Essay Example

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Reading Task

The reading task is a continuation of the research task. 

Research and Power Point Project

After going through the steps in the writing process you should have a document that is ready to publish. You are going to publish your document as part of a Power Point presentation. The Power Point presentation is a culminating assessment of skills you will learn while creating the presentation. 

The first step in creating a presentation is finding out the theme of the presentation. You will be researching the year of 1944. Your research will cover the lifestyles of families during this difficult time in American History. You will choose aspects of the lives of children your age who may have been affected by circumstances beyond their control. 

You may research the following suggestions. Remember you are not limited to these ideas. 

Toys and games kids may play in the year 1944
Movies and radio programs
Rationing of food and the effects of war on kids’ homes and lives
Cars, trains, busses – how kids traveled in 1944
What did fifth grade students learn about in 1944?

You will use the KWS chart and the T- chart to help you with the research process and the organizing of information. Instructions and examples will be inserted below. 

History Task

The History task is a continuation of the Research task. 

This video is a step by step demonstration on how to create a powerpoint presentation.

Powerpoint Step by Step

This is a pdf document that you may follow to create a powerpoint presentation.

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Power Point Rubric

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Math Task

The math task is a continuation of the power point task. The math problem example is included in the power point presentation.  

Service Task

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Community Service Project

Students will organize a social and dance as a fund raising activity to support the USO. Students will also invite guest speakers from the military to speak during Career Day. 

Career Day Invitation Letter

Students are inviting a woman who is an officer in the military to speak to the upper grades for Career Day.

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Field Trip Task

As part of their research for the powerpoint project students will take a field trip to the National Museum of American History. Students who are not able to go will work through a virtual field trip.

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Field Trip Packet

The following documents are in a packet to be approved by the principal, the area instructional director, and the area associate superintendent. All forms must be completed in triplicate.

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This form must be completed. 

This form must be completed. 

National Museum of American History School Group Registration

This is an online form accessed from the website of the museum. 

Worksheet for the Virtual Field Trip

Students who are not able to go on the field trip will work through a virtual field trip. The worksheet will be printed off this site and students will complete the activities and worksheet while going through the powerpoint field trip.

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Virtual Field Trip

Product Calander

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Three Focus Questions

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Vocabulary Monster

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Post It Activity

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Foldable Activity part I

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Foldable part II

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Anchor Chart OREO Drafting

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25 Writing Database

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Common Core Brochure Music

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Content Specific Interactive Survey

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The End

Thank you Ms. Wright for teaching the class. I appreciate all of your help and knowledge. 


Rebecca Feng