10 Performance-Based Projects for the Science Classroom : Grades 3-5 book cover
1st Edition

10 Performance-Based Projects for the Science Classroom
Grades 3-5

ISBN 9781618215826
Published October 15, 2016 by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

Grades 3-5

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Why Project-Based Learning? What Are the Advantages of Using PBL in a Science Classroom? What Sorts of Products Could Be Used in a Science Classroom? Project 1: Oral Presentation Project Outline: Survival of the Fittest Suggested Timeline Lesson: What Helps Organisms Survive? Lesson: Conducting Research Lesson: What Makes a Good Presentation? Handouts Product Rubric Project 2: Debate/Speech Project Outline: Biome in a Biodome Suggested Timeline Lesson: What Is an Ecosystem? Lesson: Roles in an Ecosystem Lesson: Different Types of Ecosystems Lesson: Creating an Argument Handouts Product RubricProject 3: Group Discussion Project Outline: How Can We Save the Planet? Suggested Timeline Lesson: Can You Make a Difference? Lesson: Developing a Proposal Handout Assessment Forms Product Rubric Project 4: Role-Playing Project Outline: Dinosaurs on Trial Suggested Timeline Lesson: The Theory of Dinosaurs Lesson: Roles of the Trial Handouts Reflection Rubric Project 5: Interview Project Outline: You Can Make a Living Doing Science? Suggested Timeline Handouts Product Rubric Project 6: Exhibition Project Outline: City of the Future Suggested Timeline Lesson: What Makes a City a City? Lesson: Converting Energy Handouts Product Rubric Project 7: Essay Project Outline: Build Your Own Mousetrap Suggested Timeline Lesson: What Makes a Mousetrap Effective? Handouts Product Rubric Project 8: Research Paper Project Outline: Going to the Zoo Suggested Timeline Lesson: Researching Your Animal Handouts Product Rubric Project 9: Journal/Student Log Project Outline: Energy Around the House Suggested Timeline Lesson: Energy Around the Classroom Handout Product Rubric Project 10: Portfolio Project Outline: Is the Weather Report Always Right? Suggested Timeline Lesson: How to Check the Weather Lesson: Recording Data Product Rubric REFERENCES ABOUT THE AUTHOR NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

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Todd Stanley is author of seven teacher education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom and Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills.


[T]he problem-based learning projects will help children achieve higher levels of thinking skills and develop projects that relate to 21st Century skills. Projects are aligned with Common Core Standards and Next Generation Standards. The book is designed for use in grades three to five but could be adapted for middle school science classrooms.,Ruth Ruud,NSTA Recommends, 10/21/16