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Social Studies Fair p roject. What do I need to do?. Our SS Fair is Nov. 1 st . The Heritage project is due November 13 th . Due Date. The project has several parts: Research Thesis and Research paper Tri-fold Board Abstract. Requirements.

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social studies fair p roject

Social Studies Fair project

What do I need to do?

due date

Our SS Fair is Nov. 1st.

The Heritage project is due November 13th.

Due Date

The project has several parts:

  • Research
  • Thesis and Research paper
  • Tri-fold Board
  • Abstract

Teachers: Gates,Sheldon,Matakis, Little, Buffa, Andrews

  • Essential Questions: Who am I? How did I get here? Where do I go from here?
  • Overview: Students in this group will research their own heritage by using online databases and/or conducting interviews with family members. They will develop a research question related to their heritage or culture.
  • Example research questions:
  • How did Jamaican immigrants assimilate into American culture?
  • How has life for a teenager changed since the 1970s/60s/50s etc.?
  • Why did my relatives move from New York to Georgia?
  • How does immigration to the U.S. in 2012 compare to immigration in 1912?

Teachers: Stafford, Brannan, Gilliam, Baker

  • Essential Questions: How has our community changed or stayed the same over time? What is significant about this area? What factors contributed to the development of this community?
  • Overview: Students in this group will research the history of this area (Ex. Lithonia, Flat Rock, Stone Mountain, etc.). Students could collect oral histories from older residents, investigate the history of their church, research what existed before their subdivision was developed, or what was on the land before Stonecrest was built.
  • Example research questions:
  • How did the area transition from rural to suburban?
  • What was happening in this area during major historical events like the civil war, civil rights movement, etc?
  • Where did the name Rockland Road come from, and why do all of the houses have rocks decorating their front yards?
  • What is the history of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and what has the monastery done to preserve the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area?
an anthropological study of arabia mountain high school students

Teachers: Kim Brown Allen

  • Essential Questions: What does it mean to be an AMHS student? How does AMHS prepare students for life after high school? How can the school be improved?
  • Overview: Students in this group will develop a research question related to an aspect of the AMHS culture. Projects will focus on what it means to be an AMHS student, how elements of AMHS culture relate to other schools, and how elements of AMHS culture relate to life after high school. Students could even investigate how “green” Arabia’s policies are and suggest improvements.
  • Example research questions:
  • How do school uniforms affect teenagers’ self-esteem and body image?
  • How does attending a magnet school, like Arabia Mountain, compare to attending a traditional school?
  • Do AP classes truly prepare students for college classes?
  • Are cell phones a distraction or a learning tool?
An Anthropological Study of Arabia Mountain High School Students
the natural history of arabia mountain

Teachers: CanneyBarashango Porter

  • Essential Questions: What is the significance of Arabia Mountain? Why was our school named after this rock formation? How did this mountain impact the development and culture of the area?
  • Overview: Students will investigate Arabia Mountain, the granite monadnock.
  • Example research questions:
  • What is Arabia Mountain, and what makes it a “mountain”?
  • How was the mountain formed?
  • How did the formation and existence of the mountain affect the development of the area?
  • How do the species that live on the mountain (flora or fauna) compare to the species in our school yard or in the surrounding are?
The Natural History of Arabia Mountain

A thesis statement is a sentence (or sentences) that expresses the main ideas of your paper and answers the question or questions posed by your paper. It offers your readers a quick and easy to follow summary of what the paper will be discussing and what you as a writer are setting out to tell them.

summary paper

A summary paper of no more than 600 words must accompany all projects.

  • It should be approximately 4-5 double-spaced, typed pages.
  • The summary paper should give the statement of the problem, methodology, a synopsis of the research, and the conclusion drawn as a result of the research.
  • The report must include bibliographic references. If direct citations are to be used in the summary paper, the proper footnotes should be included.
Summary paper
required paper format

I. Title page

A. Name of project

B. Student's name

C. Grade level (12th grade)

D. Discipline

E. School name

F. EIC teacher's name

II. Thesis Statement page

A. Clearly state why the topic of research was chosen

B. Present an overview of the content that will be covered

III. Methodology page

A. Outline the steps followed to complete the social studies project

B. Students may choose to illustrate the process in the form of a timeline

IV. Research

A. Introductory paragraph

B. Research findings

1. Present information in an orderly, sequential and convincing manner

2. Include adequate and properly balanced information

V. Conclusion page

VI. Bibliography

Required paper format

Projects are limited to a space of 30 INCHES FRONT TO BACK, 48 INCHES WIDE (when opened) AND 60 INCHES IN HEIGHT.

the visual presentation shown on the backboard must include

• a clear statement of the question researched,

• a clear statement of the purpose,

• the methodology used for investigation,

• visuals that directly relate to the question researched; and

• conclusion(s) based on research.

The visual presentation shown on the backboard must include:
each backboard must have

a 3x5 card attached to the front of the backboard which has the grade level, discipline, name of the student, name of the supervising teacher, and the name of the school.

  • a title of the project (either the title must be in the form of a question or an additional part must be added somewhere to the backboard which clearly states the question researched).
  • a purpose of the project.
  • a statement of the methodology used for researching or investigating the topic.
  • visuals to illustrate the topic (pictures, charts, graphs, maps, etc).
  • the conclusion to the question researched (this may be taken directly from the conclusion in the body of the student's research paper).
Each backboard must have:
a good backboard includes

Center of interest: Do you have something that catches the eye? A center of interest acts to draw in the viewer's attention.

  • Color Scheme: Using a color scheme to create your backboard will help to organize your board. The colors you choose may well reflect your topic. For example, red, white, and blue for a patriotic theme; brown and green for ecological issues; black and yellow for strong visual clarity; or shades of blue for a marine topic. Black or white with another color always makes a strong statement.
  • Contrast: Is there enough of a difference between the colors you have chosen to make for easy reading? You do not want your work to fade into the background.
  • Balance: Check to see that the overall design is carried out throughout the display board. Try to make masses or items evenly distributed so that harmony is achieved.
  • Variety: Have you brought interest to your topic by using different graphs, charts, maps, pictures, etc.?
  • Rhythm: An orderly progression is important to good composition. Since we read from left to right, it might be valuable to place the purpose to the left of the board and end with the conclusion on the right. Give the display board a well thought out sense of order, and it will be more easily understood and read by the viewer.
  • DO NOT OVERDO YOUR PROJECT! Your work should be clear and concise.
  • KEEP YOUR PROJECT NEAT. Terrific resources, good research, and wonderful visuals can be ruined by messy work.
A good backboard includes:

An abstract of the project should be included on a 4"x6" card. Information on the abstract provides a description of project title, statement of the problem, methodology, and conclusion.

  • Students shall place this card in front of their display board.
sample abstract

Title: Advertising and Fast Food: How Effective?

Name: Darius Jones

Statement of the Problem: The purpose of this project will determine the effectiveness of fast food restaurant advertising.

Methodology: Surveys were administered to 138 elementary students asking them to match advertising slogans to company’s names. Sales accounts were compared from five fast food restaurants for two months.

Conclusion(s): Findings indicated that students matched the slogans and compared sales accounts correctly. The advertisements were determined to be effective.

your project must fit into one of these disciplines

Anthropology is the study of human beings from prehistory to contemporary societies. It includes all aspects of human development, both physical development and cultural heritage. Anthropology includes many diverse branches of the study of humanity and its social adaptations. The field is so broad that anthropologists are specialists in some branch. Archeology is the study of humanity through fossils and artifacts. Physical anthropology deals with the biological development of humans. Cultural anthropology studies the ways humans have devised to cope with their natural settings and social environments, and how customs are learned, retained, and handed down from one generation to another.

Your project must fit into one of these disciplines
disciplines you must pick one

Economics is the study of the production and exchange of goods produced by humanity. The economist analyzes the data, issues, and public policies related to the production, distribution and consumption of scarce resources. The economist describes the economic system in an effort to explain how people satisfy their wants and needs. The economic behavior of humans is concerned with methods of doing business, producing, organizing (labor and management), financing, and regulating these activities.

DisciplinesYou must pick one
disciplines you must pick one1

Geography is the study of the earth's surface, humanity's utilization of raw materials and resources, and human behavior as influenced by location and other geographic factors. Geography is the study of the relationship between the physical environment and human activities. A geographer describes the earth's surface, the changes that occur in it, the knowledge of its various parts (land, water and atmosphere), and the theories of its formation and change.

DisciplinesYou must pick one
disciplines you must pick one2

History encompasses all that has happened to humanity. History in a narrower sense can be limited to the history of a country (all that happened in that country), or it can be limited to a group of people, an institution, a community, etc. History is more than a systematic record of events of the past, because it usually includes analysis and explanation of these events. History is the record of changes of civilizations.

DisciplinesYou must pick one
disciplines you must pick one3

Political Science is the study of the theory and practice of humanity in organizing and controlling the power necessary for group living. Different societies have different methods of human control. The process of government can be studied by description, through comparison and classification of political data.

DisciplinesYou must pick one
disciplines you must pick one4

Sociology is the study of humanity's social needs that necessitate cooperation within and between groups. Groups are constantly changing in nature and function because personality, attitudes, motivation, and behavior of individuals both influence and are influenced by social groups. The sociologists study the development, structure, interaction and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings.

DisciplinesYou must pick one
resource selection

In this era of information selecting resource materials can be an overwhelming task. Resources are available at the public library, the Internet, books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias (books and/or software) and interviews.

  • No matter which resource materials are used, it is critical to give credit to the person or people who authored the work. Plagiarism is rampant due largely to the convenience of gathering information from the Internet. Students need instructional support from teachers and parents to avoid the temptation of copying someone else’s work.

Resource selection