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PBL Camp: Grades 3-5 (Week 1)

PBL Camp: Grades 3-5 (Week 1)

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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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Lori Smith
First Year Teacher in Colorado

I think allowing students to create thier own essential question regarding this project may be the first step to relevancy...what do you all think?
I might post some state standards to spark some ideas, or do a graphic web then tie our knowledge to the standards and then students can work on an essential Q that intrigues them.

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Cally Flickinger
Librarian in K - 5th grade school South Burlington, Vermont

I love the idea of using Prince William as an introduction for 3rd grade and what happens to animals. I am not familiar with Oil Spill, but I will look into it.
Cally

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Cally Flickinger
Librarian in K - 5th grade school South Burlington, Vermont

Hi, I think a graphic organizer like Kidspiration can be a great tool to collaborate thinking on essential questions. You can also continue building this as the unit and learning unfolds.
Cally

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Cally Flickinger
Librarian in K - 5th grade school South Burlington, Vermont

Hi, I would be happy to work with Donna and Michelle on a third grade unit. I am a library media specialist but would try to collaborate with the third grade on the animals and the endangered species.
Cally

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Cally Flickinger
Librarian in K - 5th grade school South Burlington, Vermont

Hi,
I am interested in this, Jacquita. Our third grade focuses on animals and animal classification. perhaps our students can compare the animals and their effects on the environments.

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Cally Flickinger
Librarian in K - 5th grade school South Burlington, Vermont

Karen, It would be interesting to collaborate on a third grade unit regarding the oil spill and then using feathers as a concrete way for sutdents to understand the impact on life. The focus can be on animals and perhaps endangered ones. It would be a great global connection as well focusing on the same concern globally.
Cally

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Cally Flickinger
Librarian in K - 5th grade school South Burlington, Vermont

Hi Corby,
I really like your logical thinking of taking the students and helping them identify and learn what the important aspects of life are for the animals in their own areas. Then to take them to the animals affected by the oil spill. Perhaps with the teacher from Qata, we can form a blog that students can communicate with a purpose. I would work on this unit with third graders.
Cally

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Wayne Tuttle
intermediate teacher from Casper, Wyoming

I love the ideas that are being shared on the topic. I live in Casper, WY where an old oil refinery is being cleaned up and has actually been converted to a golf course. They still are extracting oil from the ground. I would love for kids to compare and contrast cleanup efforts here compared to those in the Gulf.

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Wayne Tuttle
intermediate teacher from Casper, Wyoming

I too am hoping to connect it to local cleanup efforts of an old oil refinery site.

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Wayne Tuttle
intermediate teacher from Casper, Wyoming

Great ideas, Kristin. It would also be quite interesting to see how different parts of the country viewed the oil spill. I think the age of kids we all teach do not fully understand the interconnectedness of our world.

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