Put this under the project idea category of “you have got to be kidding me!” This is what these folks do for a job. They dive off of cliffs. I have never been so glad that I earned my living as a teacher!
This photo was taken in Acapulco. Our guide told us that none of the divers have ever been seriously injured. They start out as children and learn to dive off of the lowest rocks and gradually move up. My daughter was a competitive gymnast and it was fascinating to watch how gymnasts learned new skills. It took years to develop some skills and by the time they were doing them on different apparatus they were so well trained for so long, you really didn’t worry about them getting hurt.
Still, watching the divers, I held my breath!
So how long does it take for a diver to master the highest cliffs? Are there cliff divers in other places? What is the history of the Acapulco cliff divers? (Research, time line, report, display, Power Point…)
Do they use math when they dive? How? Could computers be used to make their dives even safer? How? How are computers used in other sports to improve achievement and safety?
While I really push the idea of authenticity, please don’t authentically dive off of a cliff to research this topic!
I did a post about elevators a while back, but this one was too cool to pass up!
We just returned from a historic lodge which had this elevator. You opened the door and then pulled the gate back to get in. There were modern elevators in the lodge also, but we went out of our way to always use this one. The only other time I have seen an elevator like this was in Europe years ago.
So, what is the history of the elevator? Who invented it? Where was it invented? (Reading)
Design an elevator (Math). Construct an elevator (Math). What will elevators in the future look like (Writing/Math)? Lots of authentic ways to go with this…up, down…sideways?
I saw this whimsical carousel in Boston. I love the sea-life included in the carousel, so appropriate as Boston is all about seafood!
It would be a fun authentic project to design a carousel (lots of math, lots of writing) and perhaps incorporate a theme from where you live, or what you enjoy, into the carousel. It could feature famous landmarks, favorite sports, characters from books…
Your students could even build a model of their carousel. A working model could incorporate the authentic topics of energy and motion.
Maybe even design and build a model amusement park. With authentic projects the sky – and beyond – is the limit.
I love entering photos and crafts into our local county Grange Fair (which sadly won’t be taking place this summer due to Coronavirus). One of my favorite categories to view is the craft category of turning something old into something useful again. I have never entered, but it is so cool to see what people do. Old jean shorts turned into purses, t-shirts turned into quilts, glass bottles turned into lamp bases, fronts of old greeting cards turned into new cards…
I saw this at a local restaurant and it reminded me of that category. Simply taking old horseshoes and turning them into a menu holder on the wall. I don’t think this would be a ribbon winning entry – not overly creative – but it is certainly a really cool authentic way to recycle.
So, authentic project idea – turn something old into something useful again. Write directions for what you are creating. Include any needed math. Maybe somehow turn this into a community service project – creating something to cheer someone up…lots of ways this project could go. I would love to hear what your learners come up with!