Wheelchair Ramp

Teacher(s): Nichole Steinman, Tammy Annis
Date: 10/11/12 Building: Godfrey-Lee Middle School Grade Level: 8th
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Project Overview

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Students will be able to build on their knowledge of right triangles, surface area, and applying the Pythagorean Theorem as they are involved with building a wheelchair ramp for a local resident.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

We will be addressing an accessibility need in the community for a local resident who is determined to have a need for a wheelchair ramp for their house. Increasing awareness of the limitations and difficulties of being wheelchair-bound.

What service will you provide to address the need?

• Selecting a person or household with a need for a wheelchair ramp.
• Working with an agency to plan for, prepare, and build a ramp on-site.
• Provide other service as needed/available (yard clean-up/prep/painting)


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

Understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem is a large section of the 8th grade Geometry standards. Students will be learning how to use and apply the Pythagorean Theorem to special cases of slopes as we learn about the restrictions of wheelchair ramps. Surface area is also a significant topic in the 8th grade Geometry standards as well as in real-world applications. Students will use surface area to calculate to the total amount of material needed to build the ramp and its cost.

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Strand: 08: (Geometry)
TLW: Use the Pythagorean Theorem and distance formula to solve problems.  (Gist: Pythagorean Theorem and Distance Formula)


Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

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Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
• 8.G.6. Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.
• 8.G.7. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.
• 8.G.8. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.
Understand concepts of volume and surface area, and apply formulas.
• G.SR.08.07. Understand the concept of surface area, and find the surface area of prisms, cones, spheres, pyramids, and cylinders.


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

• Keep journal of process
o Journal prior to activities about expectations, concerns, plan
o Journal following activities about experiences
• Pre. & Post perceptions on disabled living.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc.)
• Understanding what it is like to live with disabilities.
• Different generational perspective.
• Learning through experiences and service.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

• Students will have an opportunity to learn about and experience a limited mobility lifestyle.
• The students will be responsible for completing construction of the wheelchair ramp.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

We will be partnering with the Disability Advocates agency and Home Repair Services.

Students will have appropriate help in identifying potential sites. They will be partnered with a licensed contractor who can help with construction details and ensure a safe environment.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

• We will be able to help further their goals by volunteering towards their existing goals of providing wheelchair ramps to people who have shown an appropriate need.
• Increasing Social Awareness across generational lines.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

● Unit Post-Test
● Student Project on Designing Wheelchair ramp (rubric)



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

● Students will be creating a project proposal for their wheelchair ramp design. Contractor will be speaking with students about the final design.
● A disability advocate will be presenting to the students; students will have the opportunity to attempt tasks from a wheelchair.\

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

● Create a design project for their own ramp.
● Participate in limited accessibility activities.
● Prepare and build wheelchair ramp at a local residence.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

The project addresses sustainability through a social awareness perspective. Many of our students have limited knowledge of the difficulties faced by handicapped people. We hope to foster lifetime understanding and awareness in our students. We also hope to do the same for our partners, that we can help them continue to be successful in their mission.