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The 6 Step Process of PBL
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The 6 STEP PROCESS OF PBL is a Problem Solving Process that allows you to break down and organize the structure of a PBL Unit into six different stages: 1. Define the Problem, 2. Solution Criteria, 3. Solution Research, 4. Pick a Solution, 5. Create, Run, and Inspect Solution, and 6. Reflect on Solution.

This terrific resource has a FREE PDF file of this process and how to run each step. The site also includes many resources, blog articles, examples of the process in elementary, middle and high schools, rubrics, videos and more at each step of the process. A great one-stop shop!

Subject:
21st Century Competencies
Education
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Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
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Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Magnify Learning
Date Added:
01/27/2022
Caine's Arcade Lesson (Creativity & Imagination)
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This lesson helps define imagination and creativity and explain how it helps us learn and about ourselves and the world. Caine created a massive cardboard arcade and is the inspiration behind this lesson.

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Education
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/25/2018
Connect the Dots - Math Game
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Directions for this age old strategy game that gets your students thinking creatively and critically:

With your friend(s) take turns making line segments to connect the dots. When you can complete a square, put your initial inside it. The winner is the person with the most initialed squares.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Game
Date Added:
10/22/2018
Creative Writing: Has Canada Always Been a Safe Place?
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Students will choose a Canadian historical event, research it thoroughly, and then write a story based on the event placing themselves or a fictitious character(s) within the historical event. Their story will include the historical event setting and characteristics that describe the specific time period and event in history. By reading and analyzing texts and photos of the event they chose, students will gather the background information needed to create their own story. Learning will be enhanced by technology infusion and the incorporation of 21 Century learning competencies. Students will make a “Historical Moment” advertisement for TV using green screen technology as a method of promoting their historical story.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/18/2018
Cross Curricular Collaboration & Critical Thinking
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In our unit on forces and simple machines we incorporated
many different uses of technology. During our unit the students were
given an opportunity to work collaboratively and think critically. After
learning all about simple machine and forces, my class had to
collaboratively design a fair test that would explore one of type of force.
Each group created a fair a test and designed and collected materials to
carry out this experiment. They also had to create a tool to record their
results. During their experiment we had 3 adults with iPads who walked
around the room videoing as the students explained their findings. This
allowed us to check their understanding at this point.
Some ways we used technology throughout this unit
- Used as an instructional tool
- Students used to share their results
- Shared results through pictures and videos
- Present Data
- Generate class discussions
- Final Assessment (students created a PowerPoint)

Subject:
Science
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Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/18/2018
ELA 10: Connotative & Loaded Language
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Explicitly teach connotative and denotative language. (See notes & scanned advertisements, which are completed as a class – teacher directed - and handout, which is done in a small group and then corrected as a class). Students will then partner up, select an innocent everyday item, get it approved, and design a “safe” or “family friendly” advertisement for placement in an innocuous magazine such as Family Circle, Canadian Home Workshop, or Knitting World. Students then start thinking outside the box for what loaded language they can incorporate into their advertisement to appeal to readers’ humour and sell to a very different audience. These advertisements will be somewhat racier and more riské as they are designed to be placed in magazines such as Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and the like. I then encourage students to complete the ads using an appropriate computer program, but this isn’t a set requirement. Some students are very artistic and prefer to free hand their work.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/10/2018
Exploring Oral Histories - Learning Strategy
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This strategy provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic from the perspective of family or community members who lived during the time period when particular events occurred through creation of a video or podcast. This strategy is appropriate for use with individuals or groups.

Why use it?
- To provide students with opportunity to practice their communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills.
- To consolidate learning of new material by grounding it in a personally relevant context.
- To help students realize that scientific discoveries and technological innovations often have impacts on individuals and the society in which they occur.

Subject:
History
Social Studies
Material Type:
Podcast
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Let's Talk Science
Author:
CurioCity
Date Added:
02/04/2019
Grade 5/6: Fermi Math Challenge
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Students will work in small groups to cooperatively to complete a Fermi math problem. Fermi math challenges students to solve seemingly complicated questions using estimation, rounding, approximations, analytical thinking, creative thinking, communication, and technology skills. The students will investigate the driving question: If you wanted to send a valentine card to each person in the world next year:
• how many boxes of packaged valentines will you need to purchase?
• how much will it cost for you to purchase and mail all of the cards?
• if everyone in the world sent a valentine to everyone else in the world, how many valentines in total would be sent?

Subject:
Math
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/12/2018
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHT - Learning Strategy
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Using a CurioCity timeline point for inspiration, the Heritage Highlight strategy has students use creative thinking, collaboration, communication and audiovisual technology skills to develop and produce a short audiovisual presentation depicting an innovation, discovery or Canadian contribution to science and technology.

Why use it?
- To use creative skills in presenting historical events related to innovation in science and technology (storytelling, dramatic, artistic, musical, filming, conceptual - creativity)
- To practice interpersonal skills and communication skills to collaborate on a multi-task project
- To use a variety of technologies to develop, produce and present an audiovisual presentation
- To develop skills in processing, consolidating and organizing key information
- To think critically and communicate effectively the importance and impact (positive or negative) of innovations in science and technology

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Let's Talk Science
Author:
CurioCity
Date Added:
02/04/2019
The Most Amazing Race: Folktales from Around the World
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Students will explore the transmission of folktales over time and continent to evaluate their validity of a literary genre. By reading and analyzing a variety of folktales, students will realize the cultural implications of the genre. Students will create and perform their own original folktale in the form of a script that combines and modernizes the tales that they read. Learning will enhanced by technology infusion and the incorporation of 21 Century learning competencies.

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/07/2018
My Questions Round Robin
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What is My Questions Round Robin?
This strategy helps students develop their thinking processes while providing students with a sense of control and a higher sense of their academic ability. This is a small group activity.

Why use it?
To provide students with the opportunity to ask personally meaningful questions of content.
To provide students with the opportunity to develop skills related to asking divergent or open-ended questions.
To provide students with the opportunity to hear the perspectives of others on a common topic.
To provide students with the opportunity to practice the skills of communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
To activate students’ prior knowledge on a topic to be discussed in class.

Subject:
Arts Education
Education
English Language Arts
Health & Fitness
Health Education
Language Education
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Let's Talk Science
Author:
CurioCity
Date Added:
01/21/2019
Question Creation Chart (QC 2 )
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What is a Question Creation Chart (QC2)?
The Question Creation Chart (also known as a Q-Chart or Q-Matrix) provides students with a framework for developing a range of personally meaningful questions, encompassing both close-ended factual questions and open-ended, divergent questions. (Adapted from Weiderhold, 1997).

Why use it?
To provide students with a framework for creating their own divergent and convergent questions on a specific topic.
To encourage students to think deeply about a topic.
To help students strengthen their understanding and comprehension of a topic.
To stimulate students’ prior knowledge about a topic.
To collect information about students’ knowledge and understanding of a topic.

Subject:
Arts Education
Career & Work Exploration
Education
English Language Arts
Health & Fitness
Health Education
Language Education
Math
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Let's Talk Science
Author:
CurioCity
Date Added:
01/21/2019
Quick  & Easy Project Based Learning K-12
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Project-based learning does not always have to be a 6-8 week unit. Often students and teachers go lost somewhere in the middle. This website outlines how teachers can used design thinking to get students researching, collaborating, evaluating information, creating, revising, and launching in a short period of time. Through the process they engaging in a Project-Based Learning "sprint".

“The LAUNCH Cycle” is a K-12 framework for design thinking in the classroom and can be done in any subject and in any grade level (with modifications of course).

The process is as follows:
STEP #1: PRESENT THE CONTENT THAT STUDENTS ARE GOING TO LEARN (THEN GIVE A CHOICE ON WHICH AREA THEY LEARN MORE ABOUT)
STEP #2: HAVE STUDENTS RESEARCH THE CONTENT (WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND WHAT CAN THEY DO ABOUT IT)
STEP #3: STUDENTS CREATE SOMETHING THAT MATTERS (a PSA) AND SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD!

The goal here is for students to be documenting, sharing, creating, and teaching while they are learning. Be sure to watch the video of the process in action!

Subject:
21st Century Competencies
Education
Material Type:
GAP 4
GAP 5
GAP 6
Author:
A.J. Juliani
A J
Date Added:
11/04/2022
TV Reality Show PBL
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Role and Situation
Students are a team of television producers. They have been asked to create a reality show that has the participants engage in challenges, tasks, choices and survival type situations. The reality show will consist of 3 - 5 episodes. The team will end the project with a brief presentation to a room of entertainment executives to "pitch" their show and a 20 –60 second commercial or promotional video of their show.
This PBL was created to extend student learning from the unit “Finding the Courage”. Specifically, my students studied the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and I wanted to create a meaningful connection for them that attaches to real-world situations. Students are competing against their other classmates to create the best possible Reality TV show, as well as they are utilizing critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and computer and digital technologies.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/07/2018
Tech Resource List from 21CC workshops 2014-2015
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A collection of tech tools, several links to various helpful websites,  and strategies from our 21st Century Competencies workshops from 2014-2015. 

Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
05/08/2018
Top 5 Hits of Math 6/7/8: Summative Project
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Students in Mathematics 6/7/8 work in mixed-grade groups to determine a “Top 5” list of concepts from the course based on provided criteria developed over the course of the year. Students choose a format in which to share their “Top 5” including rationale for why each concept connects to mathematics outside of the classroom. Ultimately, students present their conclusions in an attempt to convince the panel that their “Top 5” is the most deserving of entering the Mathematics Hall of Fame. I decided to use mixed-grade groups for this project in an attempt to encourage more rich conversation as students need to explain concepts in order to convince their peers of their importance. The timing of this project at the end of the year also allows the work to serve as review for final written evaluations.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/07/2018
Understanding and Creating Infographics
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Summary: Infographics have become a very popular method of sharing information. Students learned how to read infographics by looking at various examples of basic graphics and then expanded to a wide variety of methods used to show information on different topics.
The theme that was being focused on was An Eye on the Natural and Technological Environment. Because of rotation of themes, I ended up with three grades doing the same theme, however they covered their own outcomes for their grade as can be seen above.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
09/07/2018