Friday, February 13, 2015

Spotlight on: Fourth Grade Capstone Projects #resvt #cesuvt #vted #geniushour

RES fourth graders have been working on their interest-based Capstone Projects, and they have each developed a research question they will use to focus their investigations. This week they began to take notes on information that will help them answer their questions. Our scholars have a great breadth of interests, and we can't wait to see the results of their research!

-Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Capstone Project Research Questions

  • How could the cars of the future be different from cars today?
  • How was Magic: The Gathering created?
  • What are the top three endangered animals and why are they endangered?
  • How did Stan Lee create his comics?
  • How does the human brain work?
  • How are fossils made?
  • Why have animated cartoons changed over time?
  • Why was the Roman army so effective?
  • How do dogs and puppies communicate with humans?
  • Why did dinosaurs go extinct?
  • Why are there so many categories of magic tricks, and what are the differences between them?
  • How were the Greek and Roman armies the same and different?
  • Who built Stonehenge, and why and how did they build it?
  • How do people make video games?
  • How is American Sign Language different and the same from baby sign language?
  • How are different special effects made in movies?
  • How did Lea Michelle become famous?
  • How do marine animals get injured and how do they get rehabilitated by people?
  • Why are wolves almost gone from America and are they coming back?
  • How do you get touch screen electronics to work?
  • How are the engines in muscle cars the same and different as engines in sports cars?
  • How does bats' echolocation work and why do they have it?
  • How are card games made compared to how board games are made?
  • What are the differences between various species of seals?
  • How do you make an iPad game that makes sense and works well?
  • What do you need to learn to decorate a great cake?
  • How do magicians do magic tricks and illusions?
  • What is the history of firefighting how is it different today?
  • How do you build different types of pyrotechnics?
  • How will people travel in the future?
  • How will new technology affect America in the future?
  • How has space gear changed over time?
  • How does ADHD affect your body?
  • How is a Russian child's day different and the same as an American child's day?
  • How has Jennifer Lawrence's life changed over the years?
  • How do different mammals communicate in different ways?
  • Why do different people eat different food in different countries?
  • How do artists design and create pottery?
  • How did the plague affect society in the Middle Ages?
  • How do movie makers create special effects and makeup in the Harry Potter movies?
  • How and why do people build convertible sports stadiums?
  • How are different styles of houses designed?

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