Here's a fabulous example of a presentation from the seventh grade history PBL that our learners recently completed. Ambulai wrote a powerful poem about how the civilization of China has changed throughout time and performed it for us:
"Forget the bacon - save your egg!" That's our eighth grade learners' motivation for the science/math PBL this marking period. They'll be designing a vehicle using the research that they've completed on vehicle safety devices with the goal of protecting an egg in the event of a crash. Here is a fun video that we created in conjunction with their science teachers to kick things off:
We're excited to tell you about what's happening this marking period for all learners at CYMS. Your child's Science and Skills for Digital Age Learners classes are partnering up to begin an exploration of the impact of bacteria on our lives (7th grade) and of how physics can explain the effectiveness of car safety devices (8th grade) using PBL!
You may find the attached project overview helpful in understanding what we are asking all learners to do, and in supporting your child during the project. As parents or guardians, you can discuss the project at home, encouraging your child to think hard and ask questions about the topic.
Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about the project!
Ms. Eaton, Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Hufnagl, Mrs. Koplitz
Teachers for Skills for Digital Age Learners
Mr. Heisey, Mr. Santoro, Mrs. Hughes, Mr. Ginter
7th Grade Science Teachers
Miss Hopkins, Miss Beck, Miss Hanes, Mrs. Ludwig-LIneberry
7th Grade Math Teachers
Mr. Santoro, Mrs. Forry, Mrs. Walton, Mr. Kazakos
8th Grade Science Teachers
Mr. Sweitzer, Ms. Frese, Miss Beck, Mr. Wisner
8th Grade Math Teachers
Mr. McManama, Mr. High, Ms. Veit
The science/math PBL is now in full-swing! Our seventh grade learners will be focusing on bacteria, while the eighth graders are researching vehicle safety. Here's a little glimpse of the seventh grade kickoff event:
Our learners have completed the history PBL with some fantastic results! This group decided to create a hand-drawn video as a visual companion to a song that they wrote about how gender roles have changed throughout history:
As we wrap up the history PBL, we thought it would be fun to share some footage of our learners at work. Our seventh graders focused on the driving question, "How have ancient civilizations changed over time?" Each group chose one of these four civilizations to research and explore: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, or China.
At the eighth grade level, students chose a topic and were challenged to explore how it changed throughout history as well as how it influenced our American culture. Their topics included gender roles, industrialization, agriculture, medicine, transportation, warfare, education, and communication.
We're excited to find out what each group learned and how they chose to present their findings. That's the best part about Project Based Learning - each individual determines his or her own path to learning, and as a result each project is unique! Here is a small preview of how the process has looked so far:
The presentations begin on Thursday and Friday - we can't wait to see the results of their hard work!
If you've been wanting to try out the one button studio, but aren't sure how to use it, here's a video tutorial for you (make sure you have a teacher sign it out for you to make sure it's available when you need it!):
If you've been itching to use the collaboration stations, but are nervous about trying it out for the first time, here's a video that shows you exactly what to do in five simple steps:
Don't forget to have your teacher reserve either the orange or blue collaboration station for you ahead of time! If you need any additional assistance, talk to Mrs. Crusse, Mrs. Hufnagl, or one of your SDAL teachers - we're always happy to help!
Just a friendly reminder that your individual PBL research organizers are due by Monday 12/8 for students who have SDAL on odd cycle days, and on Tuesday 12/9 for those who have SDAL on even cycle days. Remember that each of you should have at least three sources and that the notes should be in your own words.
Parents, Macbook users have their organizer saved in either Google Docs or on their desktops, whereas iPad users are using this organizer in the Notability app. As always, please email us with any questions!
Mrs. Howell: THowell@cysd.k12.pa.us
Mrs. Koplitz: SKoplitz@cysd.k12.pa.us
Miss Eaton: SEaton@cysd.k12.pa.us
Mrs. Hufnagl: LHufnagl@cysd.k12.pa.us
Happy researching! - Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Koplitz, Miss Eaton, and Mrs. Hufnagl
Seventh Grade Individual Research Organizer:
Eighth Grade Individual Research Organizer
Here's a fun video that the amazing Mr. Heisey put together of both of our PBL entry events. They were so much fun, we can't wait to see what the science, math, and language arts teachers come up with in the third and fourth marking periods! Thanks Mr. Heisey and to all of the teachers at CYMS for all that you do!
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