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					After School Project-Based Learning Plan
            September, 2009
        RECYCLING
Reusing Household Trash
           Reusing Household Trash


• Duration: 3 weeks
• Grade/Age Level: 2 - 6
• Facilitator (s):
                    Project Idea
Goals:
• Explain to students that they can help to save the
  environment by reusing recyclable household trash
• Students use critical thinking, investigative, technology,
  and collaborative skills to gain first-hand knowledge of
  the recycling process through group research
• Students explore, observe, and use creative skills to
  translate the idea of reusing household trash into
  tangible, usable craft items
                 Challenge
  Tasks students will complete to answer the
  guiding question:
• Share prior knowledge about recycling in
  brainstorming session
• Keep daily log of amounts and types of their
  household trash
• Collect and bring recyclable household trash to
  after school program
                 Challenge
• Conduct Internet research to explore different
  ways to reuse recyclable household trash
• Participate in final product “Trash to Treasure”
  by working cooperatively with team members to
  create and design usable items from recyclable
  household trash
• Cooperatively select presentation format from
  given list
               Investigation
• Observe and record amounts and types of
  household trash that accumulates (within their
  homes) over a given time period
• Through process of discover learning, explore
  ways to reuse recyclable household trash
           Scenario/Problem
• Finding creative ways to change students’
  personal behaviors that affect the environment
• Finding creative ways to promote ongoing
  awareness of the need to protect the
  environment
                    Driving ?
• What can we do to save our environment?
              Project Content
•   Introduction to the concepts of recycling, reusing,
    and reducing using the guiding question
    a). Definition: recycling, reusing, and reducing
    b). Reasons for recycling
    c). How reusing household trash helps environment
    d). Ways to reuse recyclable household trash
               Project Content
• Content area skills in science, math, reading, listening,
  speaking, and writing based on PSSA standards
  (www.pacode.com/secure/data/022/chapter4/chap4to
  c.html)
• Incorporation of the International Society for
  Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational
  Technology Standards for Students
  http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS
  /ForStudents/2007Standards/NETS_for_Students_20
  07.htm
      21st Century Skills and Habits of
                    Mind


Oral and written communication                                   Applying prior knowledge
  Collaboration, Team work                                       Listening with understanding and
                                                                 empathy
 Listening, Conflict resolution
                                                                 Taking responsibility for risks
                                                                 Using technology



                                  Time management
                                  Prioritizing, Efficiency
                                  Questioning, Problem-solving
                                  Research, Creativity
 Culminating Product
“Trash to Treasure”
                      Group
Work in heterogeneous groups to:
• Create toys, games, or other innovations from
  recyclable household trash
• Make craft book (younger kids) to display
  sketches of innovations
• Conduct group research
• Create PowerPoint presentation
• Select medium to present final product
• Present final product to audience
                  Individual
• Observe and record amounts and types of
  household trash that accumulates (within their
  homes) over a given time period
• Collect and bring recyclable household trash to
  after school program
• Work cooperatively with team members to
  complete tasks
• Participate in either oral or written observations,
  commentaries, and reflections
         Presentation Audience
•   Parents – to be decided
•   School – to be decided
•   Community – to be decided
•   Experts – to be decided
•   Web – PowerPoint presentation to be uploaded
    to after school blog.
    Activities to Generate Interest
•   Brainstorming about types of household trash.
•   Recycling games
•   Role play
•   Internet research
•   Blogging
•   Product design and creation
          Ongoing Assessment
•   Journal/learning log – Blogs
•   Art/visuals
•   Preliminary plans/sketches of designs
•   Rough draft of research paper
•   Art work – Younger kids make craft books from
    reusable household trash to showcase their
    sketches
           Ongoing Assessment
•   Practice presentations
•   Research notes
•   Checklists
•   Concept maps
•   Craft project
           Final Assessment
• Written product - PowerPoint document, art
  book with sketches of craft items, concept
  maps, etcetera
• Oral presentation
• Display of craft items
• Reflection
• Self-evaluation
            Debriefing Methods
•   Debriefing form
•   Survey
•   Journal/learning log - blogs
•   Group game
                 Resources
• On-site staff
• Equipment – tables, chairs, computers,
  smartboard, Internet access, white board, dry
  markers
• Materials – recyclable household trash, art
  supplies
• Community resources – to be decided
    Week One - Concept Development
            and Research
•   Initial discussion of project
•   Introduction of topic and guiding question
•   Information gathering
•   First blog entry
•   Recyclables due
•   Ongoing assessments
Week Two – Preliminary Production
•   Information gathering
•   Rough draft of research paper
•   Preliminary plans/sketches of designs
•   Second blog entry
•   PowerPoint document
•   Evaluation of work in progress
•   Recyclables due
      Week Three -Final Phase
• Completion of products
• Presentation of products
• Final evaluation

				
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