Project Based Learning is an unfolding process where you learn alongside your students and grow with experience (Buck Institute for Education, 2020).
This PBL Project page is adapted from BIE.org
Common Core State Standards—Mathematics
• 6.SP.A.3: Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.
• 6.SP.B.5A-D: Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.
• 6.RP.A.3A-D: Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems
• MP3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Common Core State Standards—ELA/Literacy
• W.6.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
• SL.6.4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
• SL.6.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
Information & Communication Technologies
A1.1; A2.1-4; A3.2, 5; A5.1, 3-4; A8.3, 5
21st Century Skills (ISTE Standards for Students)
Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
Students will view the videos Why Do We Get Grades in School? and Standards-Based Grading, make notes, and formulate questions to discuss with peers. Students will be assigned to their groups based on class schedules with one teacher or support staff per group to help facilitate.
PBS Digital Studios. (2017). Why Do We Get Grades in School? [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqjolyDN5tw
Stenhouse Publishers. (2010). Rick Wormeli: Standards-Based Grading [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-QF9Q4gxVM
The general goal of formative assessment is to collect detailed information that can be used to improve instruction and student learning while it’s happening (Great Schools Partnership, 2013).
Students will use Google Groups to discuss various topics as the project progresses. The opening post will introduce the Driving Question and ask the students to discuss their thoughts and ideas. Subsequent posts will address the sub-questions, videos, presentation ideas, and resources found.
Students will use Google Sites to build an ePortfolio or Learning Log (Blog) where they will post guided reflections on their experiences with the project. This practice allows for dedicated thought to processes, what went well and what didn't work, and the opportunity to make deep connections.
Summative assessments are used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period—typically at the end of a project, unit, course, semester, program, or school year (Great Schools Partnership, 2013).