PBL Camp: Grades 3-5 (Week 1) Related Tags: Project-Based Learning More Related Discussions Betty Ray , Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia Posted 07/10/2010 3:57PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM Staff 90 1457 Views 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! Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 90 Share Comments (90)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Show 10 More Comments Posted 7/16/2010 5:49pm Lori SmithFirst 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. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 6:22pm Cally FlickingerLibrarian 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 Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 6:24pm Cally FlickingerLibrarian 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 Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 6:27pm Cally FlickingerLibrarian 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 Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 6:32pm Cally FlickingerLibrarian 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. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 6:35pm Cally FlickingerLibrarian 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 Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 6:42pm Cally FlickingerLibrarian 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 Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 10:11pm Wayne Tuttleintermediate 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. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 10:12pm Wayne Tuttleintermediate teacher from Casper, Wyoming I too am hoping to connect it to local cleanup efforts of an old oil refinery site. Sign in to vote! Posted 7/16/2010 10:21pm Wayne Tuttleintermediate 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. Sign in to vote! Discussion Getting Adults to Serve as Panelists for Students' End-of-Term PresentationsLast comment 1 day 14 hours ago in Common Core Discussion Taking on the Role of an Interest Group to Learn How our Government WorksLast comment 3 days 5 hours ago in Project-Based Learning Discussion Using the Talk Show Format to Teach HistoryLast comment 5 days 3 hours ago in Common Core blog PBL Pilot: Student Work ShowcaseLast comment 1 week 6 days ago in Project-Based Learning Discussion All-Girls LEGO Robotics Team #4659 Bacon Bricks Asks For Help Reviewing Their Innovative Way to Teach Cartesian Coordinate SystemLast comment 1 week 7 hours ago in STEM 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?