100% Choice: Sixth Graders’ Self-Selected Projects at Harmony School Yield 100% Passion for Learning.

Rebecca Beck and Zevon Adkisson, Harmony School, Bloomington, IN

Cy, a passionate baseball fan and dedicated player, elected to study the history of baseball. In his comprehensive project, readers will learn about baseball’s beginnings, its different eras (who would have known there were “dead ball” and “live ball” eras, except true fans?), as well as the mechanics of pitching and pitching styles. Cy ends his project with a description of his interviews with three different baseball coaches.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jX8YNRG22V1nJGrqx1-73DHHg_JdEOqk/edit#slide=id.p1

Lilly elected to study art styles for her project and she developed a stunning image of her own. Readers will gain a good grasp of what constitutes different art styles and how people today interpret them.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QMBS0NCwAnairvcYHEZ-Zr9WY9ok5ik4/edit#slide=id.p1

River takes his readers through a comprehensive history of Legos, from conceptualization to their evolution, and includes unexpected examples of their creative possibilities. Be prepared for surprising insights into how Legos evolved in this fascinating account. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18m6rNAYLpRa4axivjQFbdLfX0XbmiVl_/edit#slide=id.p1

Curious about what Hip-Hop brings to the world? Ryder brings its history, multiple styles, and the ways it raises awareness of critical issues in society. As you read, you’ll learn fascinating details about different artists and what drives them.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YwObYJVQKKN7pYXvOvt7OFB36THweciK/edit#slide=id.p17

Reuven describes the history, pros and cons of advertising, and shares surprising details on how the power of persuasion impacts consumers. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ORrYeVLKYO_YSrx44SVFcYI0npR9HnO_/edit#slide=id.p1

Roman’s project brings readers into “Pictures of the Floating World” . . . Ukiyo-e, through his detailed, intriguing look at its history and the stories and examples of famous artists’ works. Be prepared to fall in love with the richly evocative images he shares and the stories behind them.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JkSn6fux2-ZV5azLcrAbypYN-8zH6K4n/edit#slide=id.p3

Curious about how RC planes work? Jaziah takes readers through their anatomy, all the way inside their engines, explores different types of RC planes, and helps readers understand the mechanics behind how they fly. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1AdCWLVK4R_gP3vATR60YzgAx-QLAH407/edit#slide=id.p1

Most people have heard of Blackbeard the pirate, but what about Anne Bonney, Calico Jack, and Mary Read? Ceilidh shares a fascinating look at the often daring, usually unsavory, and surprising elements of piracy throughout history, including the ways pirates are portrayed in contemporary media. She also shares the model of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge that she built in collaboration with her parents (all hands on deck were needed to complete this vessel).

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-AbIXUb1c8v09W3oOkLyyrwBHi1g5QgI/edit#slide=id.p4

Why do Vikings, their history and their lives, fascinate so many of us? In this project, Beckett shares a richly detailed account of their history, practices, different types of Vikings, and what their daily lives were like. He uncovers obscure facts that will make you want to learn more.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/116fvNlRQcG2-ZVRmBhk1GGWVWZjG6-qN/edit#slide=id.p1

Have you ever considered adopting a minimalist lifestyle? In this project, Lana shares the psychology behind the movement and the advantages of taking the leap. She shares stunning examples of minimalist art and architecture, familiarizes her readers with different pioneers in the movement, and offers suggestions for how to adopt this way of life. As a grand finalé, Lana describes how she created a model of a minimalist home. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ca_fOGnUYA8gxi-Dg9LlxUlYME0dxIgR/edit#slide=id.p1

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  1. Hello my name is Candice. I like nuts for example almonds, cashews, and more! My desk had tape on it today so I ate it. My paper on outlets had been hard to make. I have outlets at my house and they are hard to use though

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