PBL Camp: Grades 9-12 (Week 1) Related Tags: Project-Based Learning More Related Discussions Betty Ray , Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia Posted 07/10/2010 3:48PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM Staff 93 Replies 1541 Views How will you make the oil spill relevant to your students? This is our brainstorming thread. Any and all ideas and thoughts welcome! Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 93 Share Comments (93 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Posted 7/11/2010 1:08pm DJ MeinckeChemistry and Science Teacher in Bangkok My students and I are literally on the other side of the world from the spill. I am not aware of what the Thai newspapers are reporting about the spill, but the English language papers are not covering much. I suppose one way to start would be for the students to do an assignment on the issues using the web, But assigning this without first "selling" the project - building the students enthusiasm - would result in a half-hearted student attempts. I think I would try to collect TV clips of the spill. As a science and chemistry teacher, I would be focusing on the environmental impact. I would try to get TV clips that show the birds, fish, and animals covered with oil and that show the beaches. I would consider using footage from the Exxon Valdez spill. I would also consider as a project focus something along the lines of what would need to be prepared if this happened off the coast of Thailand or in one of the rivers. Since much of the economy of Thailand is based on the ocean (fishing, fish-farming, tourism), students could estimate the impact of a spill based on how other incidents affected the economy (the tsunami of 2004 or the recent "terrorism" by a group counter to the current government - that was interesting to live through, at least one student at my school lost his home and one can still see bullet holes in the upscale shopping malls). In general, an oil spill project would be a tougher "sell" than some of my other projects, such as designing the best bubble-blowing solution (that was an easy sell!). Sign in to vote! Posted 7/11/2010 2:35pm Eric AndersonSpecial Ed Teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disorders I'm approaching this from a social studies perspective and would try to engage students by using as many human stories as possible. Video, like DJ suggests would be helpful along with photo sites The Big Picture (www.boston.com/bigpicture). I would also connect the spill damage to local bodies of water. What would it mean if an oil spill took place on Lake Ontario? Sign in to vote! Posted 7/11/2010 7:58pm Paul AllisonEnglish, East-West Sch of Int'l Studies & Tech Liaison, NYC Writing Project I'm thinking that I want to start with questions. After collecting what we already know about the spill in a class, I want to find out what questions the students have. I'm not sure the oil spill will come up if I allow an open 10 Self / 10 World Questions (as described by James A. Beane in Curriculum Integration - http://books.google.com/books?id=ZnaBQgAACAAJ&dq=inauthor%3A%22James%20A... . Still I'm thinking to start in this open way, see it it comes up -- or better yet, make clear that I will be asking questions too, and I will ask questions about the Gulf. In short, I think we need to start with students' questions. Sign in to vote! blog Turn Genius Hour Into Genius YearLast comment 7 hours 35 min ago in Creativity blog Supporting the Teacher Maker MovementLast comment 1 day 7 hours ago in Maker Education Discussion PBL in LALast comment 1 day 3 hours ago in Project-Based Learning blog The Happy Eating Place: How Elementary Students Can Run Their Own BusinessLast comment 1 week 3 days ago in Service Learning blog 3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers DoLast comment 1 day 23 hours ago in Differentiated Instruction Sign in and Join the Discussion! Not a member? Register to join the discussion. Sign in using social networks Or sign in here: Email address * Password * Forgot your password?