We worked through student questions about Lesson 20 for the first part of class, with several of the questions guiding students through the learning the textbook intended to introduce through the Salty Eights game in Lesson 21. Rather than play the game, students instead used the last part of class to begin working with molecular modeling kits (something they will be introduced to later in the textbook). Although we did not use it today, the Lesson 21 PowerPoint is available for download. We will work through portions of the Lesson 21 worksheet tomorrow, playing the game at the beginning of class.
Our Project-Based Learning mini-unit concluded today with students presenting their solutions to the problem of harmful algal blooms. Special thanks to our many “stakeholders” who visited with students today. The students did a great job sharing their ideas, answering questions, and engaging with the stakeholders to learn more about career paths. We will debrief the experience tomorrow and then transition to a review of Unit 1 content in preparation for the Unit 1 Exam scheduled for Thursday.
Updated June 1, 2016: To conclude the WABS PBL, I presented the results of our efforts in the form of a poster at the Showcase of Success meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in Seattle on Thursday, May 26. Again, a huge thank you to my students, the Environmental Science Center, the chaperones who made our field trip to Seahurst Park possible, the groups who worked with my students on the field trip, the stakeholders who shared information with student groups, stakeholders who attended our in-class poster session, and of course, WABS and King County Public Health for inspiring our work.