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Project-based learning at the basic level: nine inspiring examples : Educational Technology

By Tom Driscoll (@ TomDriscollEDU)

I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of primary school teachers Nauset schools on Cape Cod. We completed our PBL workshop by designing project outlines that teachers would implement later this school year. They were so great that I asked the group if they could share their ideas. The teachers were generously in agreement, and below are examples of inspiring yet practical examples of project-based learning at the K-5 level!

driving question

How can we, as citizens of a coastal community, prepare for the effects of a natural disaster?

Subjects)

ELA, science

Summary

After learning about natural disasters around the world, students will understand and explain how people prepare for and deal with the unexpected changes in our world. What steps would you take to prepare for a big flood on Cape Cod?

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Book Creator. seesaw

driving question

How can we, as citizens of Brewster, MA, better understand the climate and geographic impact on lifestyle by examining other Brewsters in our nation?

Subjects)

Social studies, ELA, science

Summary

Students use their background knowledge of the climate and geographic location, and how it affects lifestyle within a community, to examine and examine how another Brewster’s climate in the US affects the region’s lifestyle in a similar and different way ,

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Book Creator. iMovie

driving question

How can we, as first-class scientists, help the honey bee population at risk by designing a garden to help them thrive?

Summary

Equipped with a basic understanding of the life of bees in a colony of bees and the impact on the world’s ecosystem, we will research, design and plant a pollinator garden that attracts honeybees

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seesaw. iMovie. Shadow puppet. Book Creator

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How can we, as conservation biologists, convince third graders to protect “ugly” animals with a poster because they are important for the ecosystem?

object

science

Summary

Students need to research information about their “ugly” animal. Then they plan a poster to get the third graders to protect their animal.

driving question

How can we, as colonists, give a speech that persuades other colonists to join the patriotic or loyalist cause?

object

social sciences

Summary

Students need to know the following information to complete the project:

  • Facts / information on both sides
  • Convincing writing skills
  • Characteristics of a leader
  • The topic of change vs. Understand tradition
  • Oral presentation skills

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iMovie

driving question

How can we as social detectives write a book that explains the social skills that are important for a successful class community?

Object:

Social skills

Summary:

Against the background of social skills (body and brain in the group, size of the problem, listening to the whole body, flexibility, social filters) and problem-solving strategies, students will use different types of technologies that have been put together in the book creator to make recommendations for To give first graders opportunities to create a successful class community by describing various social skills.

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Shadow puppet. Book Creator. Chatterpix

driving question

How can we as a kindergarten community supply a garden bed that is currently not sustainable with water so that plants can thrive?

object

science

Summary

Students work with the teacher to explore water sources that they can create with the help of the community to create a sustainable garden.

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Shadow puppet. seesaw

driving question

As an animal expert, how can you explain to a baby animal how it must survive in winter?

Subjects):

Science, ELA

Summary

Students choose a winter animal and study how it survives in winter (hibernation, migration, or adaptation). Students create a visual model for their animal’s survival, digitally publish their writings, and develop a way to explain to a baby animal how and why it needs to find a way to survive in winter.

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Book Creator. Chatterpix. Shadow puppet. iMovie

driving question

What kind of life form could exist on a planet other than ours and what properties would it have?

Summary::

Students are equipped with an understanding of various planetary conditions, gravity, day / night length, temperature, mineral composition, atmosphere and weather.

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Skype. Flipgrid

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