A Commack Middle School 8th Grade MYP Special Project
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Seen in the photos
above, subject area teachers assisted the students in
creating street art, being part of a 1930's family who
needs to allocate their limited resources to their
needs, the baking of a "wacky cake" with limited
resources and ingredients, and analyzing the power of
words through President Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous
speech, "we have nothing to fear but fear itself."
Students looked at the stock market crash of 1929, its
causes and factors, and conducted mathematical
structured analysis to discuss "how a crash was not only
possible but necessary."
In June of 2009, Commack Middle School became the first middle school on Long Island to be authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, as part of the IB World School. The MYP program, offers a rigorous, age appropriate framework for learning that helps student develop the habits of mind and skills necessary for active participation in their local and global communities. Five areas of interaction are used to help students make connections to their own lives and across subject areas. The five areas of interaction (environments, community and service, human ingenuity, approaches to learning, and health and social education) are lenses through which the traditional curriculum is presented. The program utilizes the IB Learner Profile to encourage students to develop social and emotional skills as well as academic ones. The event focuses on the Great Depression Era.
For more info on the MYP Program, http://www.commack.k12.ny.us/cms/departments&programs/myp/myp.htm