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PBL Camp: Grades 3-5 (Week 1)

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

How will you make the oil spill relevant to your students? This is our brainstorming thread for the upper elementary group. Any and all ideas and thoughts welcome!

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4th grade teacher

I am changing grade levels -

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I am changing grade levels - from 5th to 4th, so am getting familiar with new curriculum. I'd like to incorporate a lot of the great ideas that have already been shared. Fourth grade science stds address biomes, so I'm thinking of using that as a springboard. Also presenting a simulation of the oil spill, using elodea (sp?). I think it's essential that students understand our current dependence on fossil fuels, but more importantly, hopefully have them think of ways to decrease our dependence on them and design ways to use alternative energies. I love the idea of documentaries and/or Think quest as possible assessments.

Technology Teacher Grades 4-6

Relevance with Our Own Use of Oil

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I love the oil connection. I'd like to think sustainability. I live in a mountain town and all our food and supplies is trucked in. What if we couldn't get our food because there was a gas/oil freeze? I'm wondering if a group of us could create a public site that is grades 3-6 and then create pages/folders so that each grade level is focusing on a particular theme but that we are also sharing our research and the students are commenting and discussing amongst each other.

Technology Teacher Grades 4-6

Merging Grades 3-6

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It could be great to bring all of our curriculum together on a blog or ning. There could be a biomes section, a land and water section, sustainability or natural resource section, etc. I think the partnering of 2-3 teachers is good but it would be incredible to connect the pbl of all our students in a central location to present to authentic audiences, then when we spread the word and get followers we are growing the audience for all our students plus we have students sharing and collaborating and commenting amongst themselves. Could we have a driving question for each section?

3rd Grade Teacher, Synchronized Swimmer, Swimmer in Los Angeles, CA

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It could be great to bring all of our curriculum together on a blog or ning. There could be a biomes section, a land and water section, sustainability or natural resource section, etc. I think the partnering of 2-3 teachers is good but it would be incredible to connect the pbl of all our students in a central location to present to authentic audiences, then when we spread the word and get followers we are growing the audience for all our students plus we have students sharing and collaborating and commenting amongst themselves. Could we have a driving question for each section?

What a great idea! In CA, our social studies theme is Change & Continuity and a key concept for science is adaptation. Is that also true in other places? If so, over time what will change in this biome and what might stay the same? How will animals and plants adapt to changes? What will make it traits do these living things have that might make it easier to adapt and survive than for other creatures? In my case, I would probably use birds, since we do an indepth study of them.

3rd grade teacher, Technology Leader

Relevancy of the Oil Spill

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Montana is effected by this tragedy as in all ecological disasters. The question is: How to bring this point home for my students. Although only eight years old, they need to understand citizenship and their responsibility to do their part. As I read through everyone's posts, I am excited to get this opportunity to work on this project and present it to my students. There is going to be so many resources to draw on.

Here are a few thoughts I have had: If I could share this collaboration with another class, especially one close to an ocean, my students could make more of the connection they might need to have a better understanding. We could Skype, build a wiki, share scientific studies, use Wallwisher to give each other encouragement as we learn, write an e-book at StoryBird about actual stories (write non-fiction--whoo-hoo!), collaborating on VoiceThreads embedded on our shared wiki, use Taggalaxy to heighten the level of our knowledge, work together to raise money to help in some way, plan a way to get away from oil addiction--perhaps inventing/brainstorming new ways to transport/travel, read lots of great literature and integrate math--just to name a few.

5/6 reading/language/math/social studies

(caveat: 'a day late and a

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(caveat: 'a day late and a dollar short'... that said I'd like to observe, take part as I can, in the very least be exposed to potential and broaden my scope)

I would like to include the oil spill in my 5/6 social studies class from a political, cultural, and historical perspective. Take a look at where oil is coming from- who uses it- who the U.S. has helped and who is now helping the United States in the clean-up. A language Arts connection would also be the relationship that BP has with the media.

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

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Hi Cally,

Yes, I would like to work with you. I'm a bit confused on how to connect to you and the others in your group.

Corby

Click on the person's name you'd like to connect with. That will bring you to their profile. Click the "Send a Message" button in the right hand column to send a personal message.

Hope this clarifies!

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I am working with a group of 4th grade ELA teachers writing lessons from the new Common Core Standards. We would like to create a PBL having to do with tutoring younger students utilizing the Foundational Skills from the ELA standards. I am wondering if I am heading in the right direction or 'off base' with the intent of PBL?

Journalist and PBL advocate

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I am working with a group of 4th grade ELA teachers writing lessons from the new Common Core Standards. We would like to create a PBL having to do with tutoring younger students utilizing the Foundational Skills from the ELA standards. I am wondering if I am heading in the right direction or 'off base' with the intent of PBL?

Hi Patti,
Short answer: Great potential for projects when students become experts and teach others. Your older students could make videos or animations, podcasts, digital books or games to teach key ideas--possibilities galore.
I'm going to repost your question in another thread--PBL Camp Clinic: Ask a PBL Expert--and ask our experts to weigh in.
~Suzie

Technology Teacher Grades 4-6

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I am working with a group of 4th grade ELA teachers writing lessons from the new Common Core Standards. We would like to create a PBL having to do with tutoring younger students utilizing the Foundational Skills from the ELA standards. I am wondering if I am heading in the right direction or 'off base' with the intent of PBL?

Hi Patti,

Short answer: Great potential for projects when students become experts and teach others. Your older students could make videos or animations, podcasts, digital books or games to teach key ideas--possibilities galore.

I'm going to repost your question in another thread--PBL Camp Clinic: Ask a PBL Expert--and ask our experts to weigh in.

~Suzie

We have a group that has come together and I am hoping to create a Blog/Social Network so the students are sharing their learning, presenting their projects, discussing and problem solving. Public Service Announcements, How To's, Persuasive Letters, Glogster Posters... Comic LIfe Posters, can be ways for the students to share digitally and respond to one another. Look at the page "It Effects Us All" in PBL Projects Folder on the Wiki.

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