This project aids students in meeting national standards in several curriculum areas.

Reading/Language Arts

• Unifying concepts and processes in Science: Systems, order, and organization.
• Understands basic features of the Earth (1).
• Knows the general structure and functions of cells in organisms (6)

International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

• Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts (1).
• Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes (4).
• Students enjoy a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing-process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes (5).
• Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts (6).
• Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience (7).
• Students use a variety of technological and informational resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge (8).
• Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles (9).
• Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities (11).
• Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of the information) (12).

Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

• People, Places, and Environments (Students study the lives of people, the places in which they live, and the environment that surrounds them.)
• Individual Development and Identity (Students study how personal identity is shaped by one's culture, by groups, and by institutional influences.)

Technology Foundation Standards for Students:

• use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity
• use technology tools to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences
• use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences
• use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources

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