Project Based Learning

This is a collection of resources to use for Project Based Learning.  Please start by looking at the Sun West Professional Learning resource entitled "PBL Professional Learning (PD)".

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100 Project-Based Learning Ideas for Every Age – A.J. JULIANI
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"I’ve listed 100 PBL ideas below to help get you started on the project-based learning journey. The ideas below that are hyperlinked will send you to the project that is already developed. These 100 PBL experiences will be the first 100 projects created by our PBLK12 team and I can’t wait to share them out. In the meantime, use them to get inspired and give you some ideas to start PBL with your students." - A.J.Juliani

You have the option to purchase the PBL Playbook on this site as well to assist you with your PBL journey. It's currently FREE and you just pay shipping and handling. His resources are amazing and worth it.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Aj Juliani
Date Added:
10/18/2018
Agriculture Educational Resources
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A fabulous resource for K-12 students that makes connections to ELA, Social Studies, Career Ed, PAA, Health, Art & Math.

Featured resources include :
My Food My Story (Gr. K-4)
Saskatchewan Seed Kit (Gr. 3)
Global Food Security (Gr. 7)
Ag Careers (Gr. 7/8)
What is Growing Around Us? (Gr. 2-4)
Exploring a Healthy Relationship with the Land (ES20 or Gr. 10)
Ag in Sk: Past Present Future (Gr. 4)

There is much much more available as well!

Subject:
Arts Education
Career & Work Exploration
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Social Studies
Native Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Provider:
Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan
Author:
Agriculture in the Classroom
Date Added:
10/01/2018
Air in Motion
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Science Background:
An object in flight is constantly engaging in a tug of war between the opposing forces of lift, weight (gravity), thrust and drag. Flight depends on these forces – whether the lift force is greater than the weight force and whether thrust is greater than drag (friction) forces.
Lift and drag are considered aerodynamic forces because they exist due to the movement of an object (such as a plane) through the air. The weight pulls down on the plane opposing the lift created by air flowing over the wing. Thrust is generated by the propeller (engine) and opposes drag caused by air resistance. During take-off, thrust must counteract drag and lift must counteract the weight before the plane can become airborne.
If a plane or bird flies straight at a constant speed:
• lift force upwards = weight force downwards (so the plane/bird stays at a constant height)
• thrust force forwards = opposing force of drag (so the plane/bird stays at a constant speed).

Subject:
Education
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Anchor - Podcast tool
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This is available in website and app versions.

This is a very user friendly way to make podcasts. There are a variety of sound effects, clips etc to be used to make a polished more professional sounding podcast.

Students - make sure you have your school's and parent's permission before using this!

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Media Studies
Communication Media
Science
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Anchor
Date Added:
09/11/2019
App Development with Swift - Canvas Commons
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Instructors can now freely access "App Development with Swift" through the Canvas Commons. The course includes lessons, teacher guides and developer tools for use in the classroom.
You will need to work with apple products or iOS for this resource.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Coding
Computer Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Canvas Commons
Swift
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Black Marker Chromatography
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Science Background:

Most nonpermanent markers use inks that are made of colored pigments and water. On a coffee filter, the water in the ink carries the pigment onto the paper. When the ink dries, the pigment remains on the paper.

When you dip the paper in water, the dried pigments dissolve. As the water travels up the paper, it carries the pigments along with it. Different-colored pigments are carried along at different rates; some travel farther and faster than others. How fast each pigment travels depends on the size of the pigment molecule and on how strongly the pigment is attracted to the paper. Since the water carries the different pigments at different rates, the black ink separates to reveal the colors that were mixed to make it.

Chromatography is one of the most valuable techniques biochemists have for separating mixtures. It can be used to determine the ingredients that make up a particular flavor or scent, to analyze the components of pollutants, to find traces of drugs in urine, and to separate blood proteins in various species of animals (a technique that's used to determine evolutionary relationships).

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Carbon Snake
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Science Background:
• Sulfuric acid removes water from the sugar (Dehydration).
• Reaction is very exothermic (releases heat)
• With water removes you are left with elemental carbon
• Much of the water is boiled off as steam

Materials: Sulfuric acid, sugar, beaker, glass stir rod, dish to collect overflow

Directions:
1. Fill beaker 2/3 full of sugar. 100-250 mL is a good size
2. Add concentrated Sulfuric Acid so it just covers sugar
3. Mix with glass stir rid (you may need to add some more acid)
4. When beaker heats up (sugar turns brown) stop stirring.
5. Reaction may take a few minutes. Be patient.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Coloured Flames
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Science Background:

When a metal or metal salt is burned, the input of thermal energy raises the electrons in the metal atom to a higher energy state. These electrons cannot remain in this excited state for too long and will emit energy in the form of light to return to the more stable, grounded state. It is this light we see when a metal atom is burned in a flame. Each metal has a characteristic flame colour which has been found to be useful in identifying minerals.

Materials: wood splints, Bunsen burner or BBQ lighter, solutions of strontium chloride (red), cupper (II) chloride (blue), copper (II) sulphate (green), calcium chloride (orange), potassium chloride (purple), and sodium carbonate (yellow).

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Communities PBL
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All humans and everything made by humans have disappeared without a trace from Ireland. The students will need to do decide on where they are going to build 3 communities based on the following:

i. What is daily life like in Ireland?
ii. What are the needs and wants of a community?
iii. What resources are found in Ireland?
iv. How are communities interdependent?
v. How does climate and environmental factors affect where people live?
vi. How does available natural resources affect where people live?
vii. How can wealth be distributed between communities?

Subject:
Education
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
A “Cool” Heat Challenge
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Science Background:
Encourage students to be creative in their problem-solving strategies, within the scope of the rules. Students will discover that any strategy that increases the amount of heat or increases the surface area of the ice will result in a faster melt. You might ask students how they would change their strategies if the ice cube were doubled in size, if they were melting a large block of ice, or if they were melting an equal mass of ice chips.
Materials: one ice cube for each student
Directions:
Melt an ice cube as fast as you can, using the following three rules:
1. You cannot put the ice cube in your mouth
2. You must collect as much of the melted water as possible (decide how you will collect the water)
3. You can only use what is at your desk right now

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Creating Work Skills Through Project Based Learning
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Students will develop skills needed to work independently and with a group
within Problem Based Work. The skills centered around 21st Century
Competencies and work skills desired by employers. Five skills which will be
learnt, discussed, reflected upon, and executed include: leadership, problem
solving, teamwork, time management and communication.

Subject:
Career & Work Exploration
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Melissa Lander
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/18/2018
Creating a Culture of Questioning: Inquiry in Lower Elementary
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Inquiry in Lower Elementary
In the next part of our series from the Right Question Institute, we hear from two first-grade teachers on how they've created a culture of questioning. This blog takes us through the process of identifying the need, introducing and implementing the techniques, to the specific strategies used, and student reaction to the RQI method. What they've accomplished with their 6-7-year-old students is nothing short of inspiring.

There are some fabulous ideas in this article!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
04/15/2019
Creating the School of Your Dreams!
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Summary:
In partners, students researched schools and critically decided how they learn best and designed a school to meet their needs.

Lesson Plan: Creating the School of Your Dreams!

Introduction:The Saskatchewan Government has pledged to build 18 new schools in Saskatchewan. You have been selected to be a part of the design process for one of these schools. You must consider that everyone learns differently and has their own opinion on what the best parts of the school are. Your task is to come up with a proposal for the design team of a school that meets your needs and would allow you to learn to your full potential. Your school must still fulfill the requirements for a proper education to take place. You have an unlimited budget. What would you include in your school? Everyone learns differently and has their own opinion on what the best parts of the school are. Your task is to design a school that meets your needs and would allow you to learn to your full potential. You have an unlimited budget. What would you include in your school?

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/20/2018
Crushing the Can
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Science Background:
• Inside the can at room temperature (with the water inside) is at the same air pressure as the air outside the can
• Water expands to about 600 times its liquid volume when heated above its boiling point (100 degrees)
• Water expands and pushes almost all of the air outside of the can. The water vapor inside the can has the same pressure as the air outside the can
• Hot water vapor condenses into liquid water when cooled
• The volume of the condensed water is approximately 600 times less than the previous hot water vapor volume

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Dancing Gummy Bear
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Science Background:
• Exothermic reaction
• A great demonstration to show how chemical energy is changed into heat energy. This can be used to illustrate how food is digested into a useable energy for the body.
• Chemical changes of materials

Materials: gummi bear candy, potassium chlorate, large test tube, ring stand, bunsen burner or other heat source, tongs

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Dissolving Liquids in Water
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Science Background:
• Liquids have characteristic properties based on the molecules they are made of.
• The properties of liquids depend on the attractions the molecules of the liquid have for each other and for other substances.
• Liquids can dissolve certain other liquids, depending on the attractions between the molecules of both liquids.
• Polar liquids, like water, dissolve other liquids which are polar or somewhat polar.
• Polar liquids, like water, do not dissolve nonpolar liquids like oil.
Materials: Water, Vegetable oil, Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 70%, Corn syrup, 3 Clear plastic cups, 3 Small cups, 3 Popsicle sticks or stirrers

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Download – Your PBL Journey: A Guide for Teachers
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Follow the link to download the free guide!

Here's a guide for teachers getting started on their Project Based Learning professional learning journey. It's based on educational research and the experience of more than 100,000 educators.

The following areas are explored:
Discover
Learn
Implement
Reflect
Share & Lead

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
Buck Institute
PBL Works
Date Added:
07/24/2019