Middle School Research Models
dance englishfamily studies health Deep Creek Middle magnet
math music science social studies Mass Communications Magnet Mass Communications Magnet
Visual Arts
  • Landscapes ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How do artists use the landscape to communicate their observations about ecology and the interaction of man-made materials with the natural environment?
  • Self-Portraits ...Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How does an artist use art elements to create the principles of design in order to convey personal ideas?
  • Still Life ....Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How do artists use compositional and media techniques to communicate intended effects in a still life composition?
Dance
English Language Arts / Reading

Grade 6

Grade 7

  • Epidemic Experts ... Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How do the time period, location, and people's roles in a society impact their response to an epidemic?
  • Exploring Setting in A Raisin in the Sun ,,, Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: How does the setting in Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun compare to contemporary Baltimore County?
  • Fever 1793 ... Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question:How did the the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 affect the growth and development of the city of Philadelphia?
  • The Miracle Worker Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: Why did the author title this play "The Miracle Worker?"
  • Naturalism in Literature GT ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How is the theme of naturalism depicted in literature?
  • NewRaisin in the Sun GT ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How will the application of the sociological approach help you to understand the racial tensions in Chicago in the 1950s?
  • Setting the Stage: The Taming of the Shrew GT ... Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: What information do theater group members need in order to stage an authentic production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew?
  • We Are Our Choices ... Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How did the choices made by a famous Marylander have a significant impact on his/her life?

Grade 8

Family Studies
  • Advertising Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: How do gimmicks and hype  influence spending decisions?
  • Consumer Rights Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: What can you do if you feel that your rights as a consumer have been violated?
  • Identity Theft Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: How can you protect yourself from identity theft?
  • Investigating Food Science...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: What information about food science would enable a consumer to solve problems or make decisions about food issues?
Health
  • Alcohol Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How can you avoid the dangers of alcohol?
  • Bullying Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: What are the characteristics of a friend versus a bully?
  • Bullying Special Education Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
    Essential Queastion:How can you appropriately respond to and prevent bullying?
  • Drug Abuse...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How do decisions I make now concerning drug use affect my future?
  • Families ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: What is a family?
  • Handwashing ...Special Education Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
    Essential Question: How are germs spread?
  • Heart Disease ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
    Essential Question: How can you prevent heart disease?
  • Marijuana: Where Do You Stand?... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
    Essential Question: Why should marijuana be legalized or remain illegal?
  • Pedestrian Safety ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
    Essential Question: How can we be safe in the world in which we and be more aware of our surroundings?
  • Physical Activity ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
    Essential Question: How can you evaluate physical activities in order to determine which exercises/activities benefit your body the most? 
  • What's in a Label? ...Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: How can you evaluate nutritional information in order to determine which breakfast foods are the healthiest? 

Grade 8

  • Pregnancy ... Slam Dunk! Save and open PowerPoint file in Slide Show view for interactivity.
    Essential Question: How does a fetus develop?
Math
  • Fractals...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: What essential information about FRACTALS should you communicate to graphic design company representatives when applying for a summer internship?
Mass Communications
Music
Science

Grade 6

  • Biomes Here and There ... Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How do biotic and abiotic factors influence ecosystems around the world?
  • Energy Transformations Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: What are the specific energy transformations that matter undergoes?
  • Experimenting with Experiments ... Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How does conducting multiple experiments and selecting an appropriate variable help you prove or disprove a hypothesis?
  • Misconception Busters: Seasons... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How can you help debunk common science misconceptions and inform your community in order to help improve our thinking?
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: How do you describe the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy in moving objects?

Grade 7

  • Bed Bugs and Natural Selection Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: How does Darwin’s theory of  natural selection apply to the development of pesticide resistance in bed bugs?
  • Bridges and Earthquakes ... Seasons... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How can bridges be designed to withstand an earthquake?
  • Diseases, Conditions, and Disabilities...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How might you justify the spending of federal dollars for more research to improve the medical care or cure rate for this disease?
  • Earthquakes Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: What is the relationship between plate tectonics and the magnitude of an earthquake?
  • The Rock Cycle Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: How can the processes that change one form of rock into another be described?

Grade 8

  • Asian Suminoe Oysters and the Chesapeake DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question
    : Will Asian Suminoe oysters help or harm the natural processes of the Chesapeake Bay?
  • Bald Eagles and the Chesapeake Bay DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How can human activity affect populations within the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem?
  • Climate Change Mysteries Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability)
    Essential Question: What evidence can we use to that climate change is caused by natural processes or by humans?
  • Energy and the Environment...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question:How do the differences in obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy from various sources impact the environment?
  • Food Chains in the Chesapeake DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question:
    How could fluctuations in the population of something as small as a water flea affect predators like raccoons and herons? How do changes in the food chain affect other organisms in the Chesapeake Bay?
  • Hangin' in the Chesapeake ... Curriculum Alignment DCMM Essential Question: How does the interdependence of organisms in the Chesapeake Bay affect the natural processes of the Bay?
  • How Humans Affect SAV DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How do things you do in your everyday life affect SAV (Submerged Aquatic Vegetation) in the Chesapeake?
  • Human Activity and Watersheds Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How does human activity in your neighborhood impact the water quality of the watershed in which you live?
  • Land Biomes: Nature's Balancing Act...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question:How does the interdependency of organisms in an environment affect the balance of an ecosystem?
  • Misconception Busters ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How can you help debunk common science misconceptions and inform your community in order to help improve our thinking?
  • Our Changing Chesapeake ... Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How does our use of natural resources impact the quality of the environment?
  • Pfiesteria...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: What impact do humans have on the ecosystem?
  • Nonnative Species and the Chesapeake Bay DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: Which nonnative species poses the greatest threat to the Chesapeake and why?
  • Pollution and the Chesapeake Bay DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How do pollutants affect organisms - like SAV - in the Chesapeake?
  • SAV in the Chesapeake DCMM Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: What is SAV and why should I care?
  • SAVing the SAV ... Curriculum Alignment DCMM
    Essential Question: How can human activity facilitate the growth of SAV in the Chesapeake Bay?
  • Tornadoes Slam Dunk!
    Essential Question: What conditions are necessary for the formation of tornadoes?
Social Studies

Grade 6

  • Amazon Rainforest Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How does the Amazon rainforest meet the economic wants of people throughout the world?
  • India: Economic Development Slam Dunk
    Essential Question: How would you economically develop South Asia in order to raise the standard of living?
  • Journey to Japan ...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How do traditional values, beliefs, and institutions
    play a role in today's Japanese society?
  • The Legacy of Ancient China..Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: What were the important contributions from Ancient Chinese dynasties and and how did these contributions influence European and Asian culture?
  • Pre-Columbian Societies...Curriculum Alignment
    Essential Question: How can you apply criteria used to define a civilization to the Pre-Columbian societies?
  • The Tokugawa Period of Japan ... Slam Dunk! (Save PowerPoint for interactivity capability.)
    Essential Question: How did the Tokugawa Periuod impact the people of Japan?

Grade 7

Grade 8

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