1st Edition

Ecopolis An Interactive Discovery-Based Social Studies Unit for High-Ability Learners (Grades 6-8)

By Richard Cote, Darcy Blauvelt Copyright 2011
    138 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    The Interactive Discovery-Based Units for High-Ability Learners, for grades 6-8, provide teachers with opportunities to use exciting and challenging units in their classrooms. These engaging curriculum units culminate in authentic performance platforms that provide students with open-ended opportunities to demonstrate academic understanding. Each book in the series contains tiered lessons that teachers can easily modify to meet individual students' needs.

    Ecopolis has students run their own government to learn about issues including scarcity, resource allocation, needs vs. wants, opportunity costs, entrepreneurship, and global interdependence.

    Introduction Unit Overview Unit Outline Glossary of Terms Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5A Lesson 5B Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Lesson 8 Appendix: Student Context Rubric About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment


    Richard G. Cote, M.B.A., is a career educator. He has dedicated 41 years to being a classroom teacher (mathematics, physics), a community college adjunct instructor (economics), a gifted and talented resource specialist, and the director of the Further Steps Forward Project, funded under Javits legislation.

    Darcy Blauvelt joined the Nashua School District in 2005 as a gifted and talented resource specialist. Subsequently, she served full time as the program coordinator for the Further Steps Forward Project, a Javits Grant program, from 2005-2009. Blauvelt returned to the classroom in the fall of 2009 and currently teaches seventh grade English in Nashua, NH. Blauvelt lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, two dogs, five cats, and the occasional son!