What Does it Mean to be Human?

Euclid Middle School’s seventh grade students have been examining what it means to be human in an interdisciplinary unit incorporating science, social studies, and language arts.

Interdisciplinary Studies
In science, the seventh graders have been studying natural disasters and how they impact both people and the environment.

In language arts classes, students have read the book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Students are using themes from this novel to analyze how the stories of others help in understanding one’s self.

Social studies classes have been doing a case study on the current events in Afghanistan and discussing citizens’ rights, responsibilities, and privileges in limited and unlimited governmental structures.

End Project and Fundraiser
Students worked to connect all they’ve been learning in their interdisciplinary unit by creating a personal expression art piece. These art projects represent a personal expression of what it means to be human. 

The art pieces were exhibited in the library and double classroom at Euclid Middle School on Thursday, November 18, and the art gallery was open to the public as a fundraising event. Euclid partnered with local organizations Casa de Paz and Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains to collect cash donations to provide financial assistance to Afghan refugees. Students were able to see the correlation between what they learned in class, what’s happening in the real world, and the impact they can have on their local community through their self-expression in the form of their art pieces.

Kristel Lunn, a seventh grade social studies teacher at Euclid, said, “The event was a huge success! Students were able to raise $376 in donations for Afghan refugees!” She takes immense pride in these students and their work, some of which you can see in the slideshow below!