The Kohelet Prize Database

Database Entries Tagged with: student voice and choice

Salvation Army Mitzvah Project

Our Mitzvah project has been running 16 years and is one of the highlights of our school year. We started this project while we were studying the weather in science and economics in Social Studies. Our students realized that when we had inclement weather there were people who had nowhere to go. They knew if they work hard they could help.

By: Ms. Barbara O'Brien, Ms. Jodi Behrenfeld, Ms. Dani Williams from Hershorin Schiff Community Day School

Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Elementary school

Subject(s) of entry: Art

Pedagogy: Blended Learning

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Alternative Energy Exploration Unit

This integrated writing and science unit focuses on energy, and asks the driving question “How and why should we use energy wisely?” Students investigate what energy is, where it comes from, and how we use it. They conduct research on sustainable fuels, write persuasive essays advocating for the use of a particular source of energy, design billboard advertisements for their chosen energy source, and participate in a debate judged by industry experts on different forms of sustainable energy. Finally, students design and create their own tikkun olam service-learning projects to make a positive difference in our community’s use of energy.

By: Ms. Rebecca Sheinbaum from Denver Jewish Day School

Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Elementary school, Middle school, High school

Subject(s) of entry: Literature, Mishnah, Science

Pedagogy: PBL - project based learning, UBD - understanding by design, 21st Century Skills

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