PFMS Room 216 Difference Makers Service Learning Project

Students researched and wrote children’s biographies about people they considered to be difference makers. The books were then bound and were shared with primary students in both one-on-one and small groups settings. The sixth graders developed lessons with hands-on activities for the primary students to do that encouraged them to think about how they already make a difference in their world, or how they can do so in the future.

Name:  Jeff Tranell & Mackenzie Sherbondy

School: Park Forest Middle School

Grade Level: 6th

Community Partners:  

Project Goals:  


Link to 216 Service Learning Google presentation


Academic Standards:  

 PA- Pennsylvania Academic Standards

        Subject: History

Area 8.1.: Historical Analysis and Skills Development

Grade 8.1.6: GRADE 6

Standard B.: Explain and analyze historical sources.

Area 8.4.: World History

 Grade 8.4.6: GRADE 6

 Standard A.: Identify and explain how individuals and groups made significant political and cultural contributions to world history.

 PA- Pennsylvania Academic Standards

Subject: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Area 1.4: Types of Writing

Grade 1.4.5:   Grade 5

Standard B.: Write multi-paragraph informational pieces (e.g., essays, descriptions, letters, reports, instructions).

· Include cause and effect.

· Develop a problem and solution when appropriate to the topic.

· Use relevant graphics (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, tables, illustrations, photographs).

Area 1.5: Quality of Writing

Grade 1.5.5:   Grade 5

Standard A.: Write with a sharp, distinct focus identifying topic,

task and audience.

Standard B.: Write using well-developed content appropriate for

the topic.

· Gather, organize and select the most effective

information appropriate for the topic, task and audience.

· Write paragraphs that have a topic sentence and supporting details.

Standard E.: Revise writing to improve organization and word

choice; check the logic, order of ideas and precision of


Standard F.: Edit writing using the conventions of language.

· Spell common, frequently used words correctly.

· Use capital letters correctly.

· Punctuate correctly (periods, exclamation points, question marks, commas, quotation marks, apostrophes).

· Use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs,

conjunctions, prepositions and interjections properly.

· Use complete sentences (simple, compound,

declarative, interrogative, exclamatory and imperative).

Student Interpersonal Skill Standards:  

 PA- Pennsylvania Academic Standards

Subject: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Area 1.6: Speaking and Listening

Grade 1.6.5:   Grade 5

Standard C.: Speak using skills appropriate to formal speech


· Use complete sentences.

· Pronounce words correctly.

· Use appropriate volume.

· Pace speech so that it is understandable.

· Adjust content for different audiences (e.g., fellow

classmates, parents).

· Speak with a purpose in mind.

Standard D.: Contribute to discussions.

· Ask relevant questions.

· Respond with relevant information or opinions to

questions asked.

· Listen to and acknowledge the contributions of others.

· Adjust involvement to encourage equitable participation.

· Give reasons for opinions.

· Summarize, when prompted.

Standard E.: Participate in small and large group discussions

and presentations.

· Participate in everyday conversation.

· Present an oral reading.

· Deliver research reports.

· Conduct interviews.

· Plan and participate in group presentations.

· Contribute to informal debates.