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Here is a simple lesson plan for PBL Critical Thinking skills...

Here is a simple lesson plan for PBL Critical Thinking skills...

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Hello colleagues, I am new to this group and just read the current thread about Critical Thinking...and decided to invite you to participate in a Critical Thinking Classroom-Based Project I have done over the years of my learning career... Enclosed is a simple lesson plan I composed years ago, that I have used successfully across all age groups and subject areas, and involves arts & crafts activities and writing fun. It is part of a curricular unit that includes other pages and pictures etc. But I figured I would start with something you could easily copy and adapt to your own classroom situation... to be continued... Sincerely, Allen Berg ps: in a certain sort of funny way, this "Introduction" is a Project-Based Learning invitation to participate in a PBL Project, together as teachers here at Edutopia, to create a resource for you all and to simply have some educational fun... together... ********************************************************************* The Engineering of Everyday Things: Structure and Function ---The Analysis of a Whole and its Parts. Lesson Plan by Allen Berg [Photograph of a ball point pen disassembled: the clear plastic tube of ink, the small inner spring, and the 2 parts of the outer casing with their molded screw connection. ] I am not incurious; I like to look at things, care-fully and understand how they work. Observation and then description are important tools of Science. As you can see from the picture of the pen above, Things have parts that make up the whole. In this lesson, you will choose an object and analyze its structure and function. 1. Name and define the object. (You can check a dictionary.) The definition of an object is often its purpose. 2. Draw a picture of the object as a whole and as its separate parts. 2a. Take digital photographs of the object as a whole and of its various parts. 2b. Advanced students can use free 3-D software to produce computer-generated 3-Dimensional images. (Google’s “Sketch-Up” etc.) 3. Label each part. Describe the material each part is made of. 4. Explain the function of each part and how it is related to the whole object. 5. Look close-up and carefully at the object to find the name of the country where it is made. 6. Evaluate the object: a. Does it do the job it is supposed to do? Rate its performance: poor__ ok__ good__ excellent__ etc. b. What is the object’s durability? How long does it last? Can you repair or replace the parts or do you just throw it away? c. What is its cost? Is this a “fair value”? d. Would you recommend using this object? Why or why not? e. Can you suggest improvements in its design? List and explain your suggestions. Provide a visual image(s) of your improved design. 7. Conclusion: How does this object compare to similar objects, for use? [Example of an “improved design”: the addition of a soft rubbery fingers grip… Photograph of the “improved” pen] 8. Share your Analysis with other students, family, and friends… Be proud that you are a Beginning Engineer… Allen (phineas8888)

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[DRAFT: 61 items] Nova-Ember: Star & Fire: 6, 2010

A List of a Whole & its Parts:
including "Compare and Contrast" examples
by Allen Berg

1. pencil v. pen
2. flashlight v. desk lamp
3. paper clip v. stapler
4. ladder v. staircase
5. nail clipper v Swiss army knife
6. child's bike v. multi-gear bike
7. landline /home phone v. cell phone
8. 12" ruler v. 12' tape measure (eg. Lufkin Hi-Viz product)
9. scotch tape roll and dispenser v. duct tape roll and dispenser
10. 3-ring binder and paper v. spiral-bound notebook
11. scissors v. knife
12. wallet v. purse
13. dollar bill v. coin
14. dictionary v. yellow pages business directory
15. hand tool v. another one
16. musical instrument v. another one
17. shoe v. another one
18. lunch box v. knapsack
19. warm jacket v. another type
20. hand v. foot
21. wall clock v. clock radio
22. calendar (USA) v. calendar (other country etc.)
23. flower v. another one
24. sandwich v. another type (or burrito etc.)
25. door key and lock v. combination lock
26. a bicycle bell v. a horn
27. the human eye v. eyeglasses
28. sports equipment v. another type
29. skateboard v. in-line skates
30. school chair v. home chair
31. food container v. another one
32. comic strip v. comic book (or graphic novel)
33. crossword puzzle v. picture puzzle
34. board game v. outdoor game
35. a toy v. another one
36. model construction kit v. another one
37. phone bill v. tax return
38. apartment v. house
39. store v. another one
40. newspaper v. magazine
41. school v. another (Elem-JHS-HS, or public v. private, etc.)
42. snail mail v. email
43. sports team v. another
44. book report v. movie review
45. puppet: hand, rod, marionette
46. school day v. weekend day
47. party or celebration v. another
48. garden v. patio
49. school map v. road map
50. music band v. orchestra
51. library v. gymnasium
52. website v. another
53. incandescent light bulb v. fluorescent light bulb
54. breakfast v. dinner
55. candy bar v. another
56. hair style v. another
57. clothes style v. another
58. umbrella v. tent
59. sentence v. paragraph v. essay
60. textbook v. novel
61. microscope v. telescope

Et cetera...

additional brainstorming:

62. safety pin v. zipper
63. glass window v. mirror
64. website v. blog
65. windmill v. waterwheel
wind turbine v. hydro-electric 'plant'
66. English alphabet v. Spanish alphabet v. Latin alphabet etc.
67. thermometer v. thermostat
68. nuts and bolts
69. 1-100 v. binary number system (bits and bytes)
70. CD Rom v. DVD

to be continued...


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Dear Imagineers,

Walter Wick is a genius educator and artist and award winning author and photographer of books for children, and has one of the Most Fun Museum Exhibitions currently on display at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland during this Holiday Season: "Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic"... a must-see for kids of all ages...

and he has the best "Behind-The-Scenes"/How-to-Make-a "Can You See What I See" Magic Book Website at:

which is the specific link to his website "Scary Scary Night" book production photographs...and if you click on his Biography section, you will learn about his childhood art and development as a teenage artist and photographer, and see the actual 2 photographs he made as a young man that launched his phenomenal successful career...

which just so happens to be 2 stunning examples of "Analysis of a Whole and its Parts including Compare & Contrast Examples": using miscellaneous small screws, nails, pins, paper clips, springs, odds and ends... and his Scholastic Magazine cover photograph for Kindergarten kids, titled "Fasteners"...

So perhaps you and your students might be inspired and instructed in "How to Make Your Own Classroom "Can You See What I See?" Books
of Phantasm and Phun...



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