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Mreagan High school chemistry teacher from Lexington South Carolina

I am moving to an Expeditionary school (EL) in the fall of 2013. I teach chemistry and need some ideas for project based learning. Let me know if you have any ideas or resources you can direct me to. Thanks.

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Seventh grade math and science teacher from California

I'm looking for pbl Ideas

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I'm looking for pbl Ideas for seventh grade life science! And suggestions welcome

Journalist and PBL advocate

Hi Kimberly, Life science is

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Hi Kimberly,
Life science is such a big topic! Narrowing the focus to a couple of key standards can be a good first step in project planning.
To get you thinking about project approaches, here are just a couple projects that explore microbiology and composting:
--Composting: http://tinyurl.com/lwks35v
--Soil Superheroes: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-maine-project-based-learning-bacteria-video
I've seen some great projects where students investigate and improve the quality of local watersheds, turn their campuses into wildlife habitats, or contribute observation data on bird migrations as citizen scientists.
Let us know what aspect of life science you're focusing on, and we'll recruit more ideas for you from the Edutopia community.

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Hi Kimberley! Our local MS

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Hi Kimberley!

Our local MS does a couple of great PBLs with the students- One is a project where the kids take pictures of objects around their house/life etc. and make analogies to the parts of the cell- for example, the refrigerator is like the mitochondria because it helps provide fuel, etc. The kids like this project and it also helps them demonstrate mastery of concepts while making analogies, comparisons, arguments, etc. all great skills. It's a little more interesting than a typical model of a cell, and not so difficult that it becomes a parentally-coached event either.

That said, I have seen some great models- Harvard has some animations with their biovisions groups that actually try to visualize the molecular interactions and create animations of them- its interesting- you should check them out here- http://multimedia.mcb.harvard.edu/

I could see someone trying to "make" a version of a ribosome or of protein manufacture as a project and learn a lot about it in the process- more than just an arts and crafts thing. The key in all of this is trying to make sure the understanding and learning is key, and the method makes sense and doesn't overly complicate things.

True inquiry based PBL starts with a big and sometimes novel question to work on-while i think there is always something that will work, making sure kids have a basic understanding of things like cell biology is important, too, in order to then be able to ask and answer big questions- what kind of challenge are you thinking of setting for them?

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