Project Based Learning in the Elementary School Classroom: Climate ChangeRead Now
#1 Project Goal: Understand how climate change affects China
Subject: Foreign Language Studies
Project Delivery: Interview
21st Century Skills: Communication, Technology Skills, and critical thinking.
Specific Project Work: Students demonstrate mastery of foreign language by interviewing local Chinese people and understanding how climate change affects China.
How will your students work on this project to achieve the task goals?
Climate change aspect: Brainstorm ways we can do to help protecting our climate.
How will they get a deeper understanding of the subject area that you are teaching?
-Did the group work together to make sure they can say these questions out with proper pronunciation and intonations?
-Did they group assign different roles in task to achieve a good project result?
- Did they manage to let others in the wechat group understand what they are posting by adding short explanation etc?
#2 Project Goal: Understand how climate change affects the USA.
Subject: General Education
Project Delivery: Field Trip
21st Century Skills: Social Responsibility, Ethics.
Specific Project Work: The teacher takes the students on a field trip to a beach clean up project. The students actively work towards cleaning up the beach and gain a feeling of pride for their hard work and an understanding responsibility for their surroundings.
Evaluation: The teacher will give a pass/fail grade based on participation in the cleanup.
#3 Project Goal: Understand how climate change affects the world.
Project Delivery: Teacher driven lesson
21st Century Skills: Information skills, Interdisciplinary.
Specific Project Work: In Geography class the teacher reviews the facts about climate change with the class in a lesson. Students will gain a better understanding about geographical changes in the world. In the Science class the teacher shows students graphs and teaches atmospheric process and water cycle. Students will gain a better understanding of these scientific concepts.
Evaluation: The teacher will evaluate how attentive each student is by taking note of which students ask questions and participate in discussion. The teacher can also walk around the class to see if the students are paying attention to the lesson or not.
#4 Project Goal: Understand how climate change affects YOU.
Subject: General Education
Project Delivery: Group Brainstorm
21st Century Skills: Collaboration.
Specific Project Work: The students evaluate how the issue affects themselves by brainstorming with a group and then sharing their findings with the class. By completing this activity, students will learn general concepts such as how to brainstorm, how to collaborate, and how to lead and manage discussion.
Evaluation: The teacher will evaluate how well students in the group are working together by walking around to each group and listening in on the conversations. Then, when the group gives their presentation the teacher can evaluate how well the students have collaborated to come up with an answer to the question.
#5 Project Goal: Think critically about why climate change occurs.
Project Delivery: Discussion
21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Collaboration.
Specific Project Work: The teacher leads a discussion of potential reasons why climate change occurs with the class. By discussing with the class, students will share and reinforce their knowledge about geographical information.
Evaluation: The teacher will evaluate the discussion based on participation. Students who participate and share their thoughts on the subject will be noted by the teacher.
#6 Project Goal: Think creatively about how you can help change the motion of worsening climate change.
Subject: Language Arts
Project Delivery: Written Paragraph
21st Century Skills: Creativity, Problem Solving.
Specific Project Work: The teacher asks students to write a persuasive paragraph to answer the question, "How can you help change the motion of worsening climate change?". The students will gain a better understanding of their writing skills by completing this activity.
Evaluation: The teacher will evaluate the written paragraphs. Criteria for an excellent paragraph includes:
~ Students express creative thoughts on how they can help change the motion of worsening climate change.
~ The paragraph is well written
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