Learning Adventure (1) Posing Essential Questions

First, let’s watch this video on project-based learning. What does it have to do with your learning adventure? Remember you were asked to create a project based learning, and you work is also a project to learn how to teach problem solving.

You can view the project rubric for your Learning Adventure here.  What does it mean? Let’s analyze the example from Mr. Simmons’ science project here. Your rubric will will guide your group project and also help you pace your work so that it can be completed by the due date: Wednesdsay, April 24 at the beginning of class.

PART TWO: What is an essential question?

You’ll want to get students interested in your topic by starting with an essential question. We’re going to try and write a few ourselves today.

  1. On an index card, write a question related to a topic about which you enjoy learning. For example, “what happened to the dinosaurs?”, “why did the Titanic sink”, etc.
  2. Use a tubric to turn your question into an essential question.
  3. How good is your question? Use the essential question development checklist on the last page of this handoutto see how well you did.
  4. Work with your project members to choose one that you like the most. That will be your group project topic.

Share your question with the class. Then, as a class, we’ll form a definition of essential questions and talk about how you can use these in your Learning Adventures.

PART THREE: Getting Started

For the remainder of today’s class, you’ll want to create a new Google site (not a new page in your current site) and do the following:

o   Make sure the title of your site reflects the nature of your adventure.

o   Make sure your navigation bar reflects the sections in the rubric distributed in class today.

FOR Wednesday:

1. Decide on a title for your adventure and write the INQUIRE section of your adventure. Refer to the rubric for specific instructions. Double-check the Essential Question Development Checkpoint list here to make sure you’ve written a high quality essential question. You may want to read this article about writing effective driving questions.

2. Choose ONE article to read and find two important take-home messages. On your postings page, leave “TWO” quotations from your chosen article (or video) and write what they mean to your project.

  • This Scholastic article  is about project-based learning.
  • Read about a real-world example of project-based learning. (choose one under “Explore Examples That Work”)
  • Listen to John Hunter talk about his World Peace game. Stick with it – it gets really interesting about 10 minutes in.

3. This has nothing to do with today’s topic – but it’s a neat site that I thought some of you might enjoy:Photoboother. Oh, and if you want to make animated gifs with still images (you see these online more and more) – you can build one here.

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