Project Based Learning begins with a Driving Question and evolves into a thematic exploration. I wanted to explore PBL with my summer interns and model for them how to plan and implement a PBL. Here is what we did.
First I Identified the standards I wanted to hit.
Draw a label components of an electrical circuit
Investigate materials that prevent the flow of electricity
- Make a working model of a closed circuit with a switch and conductors.
Integrate information from several texts, on the same topic to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably
Read and understand technical text
Write text that explains information and conveys ideas clearly
Conduct short research projects
- Recall relevant information from experience and gather information from print and digital sources to summarize or paraphrase.
- Apply strategies for identifying and solving hardware and software problems
Use the content specific tools for research
Design, develop, publish and present products
- Exhibit legal and ethical behaviors while using information and technology
Communicates understanding of a circuit
Draws and labels components of a circuit
Creates a switch, can explain open and closed circuit
Defines insulators and conductors
Works collaboratively with group to creatively apply ideas about circuitry to a new situation that involves critical thinking
Explains Teacher Thinking, connections to Science and Engineering Practices, 21st century skills, and standards.
Driving Question: How does current electricity work and how can it be used through a circuit board to control a computer?
For the whole LED Throwie Lesson see LED Throwies
Next Stage Squishy Circuits: Students are given materials and asked to light a light bulb, then try the other make the motor work and the buzzer buzz. Students are challenged to make a switch. Students discover closed circuit, open circuit, conductors and insulators.
- Entry Event: LED Throwies
- Concept Development: Squishy Circuit
- Challenge and Driving Question Presented
- Generating of Need to Know Questions
- Research: Hands-on and Looking things up
- Planning, Designing, Implementing, Recording Ideas and Redesigning
Our PBL was a huge success. The students said it was very engaging and they learned a lot
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