Example learning adventures:
PART ONE. Backwards design – project-based learning for the “Show What You Know” section
How good is your question in the Inquiry section? Use the essential question development checklist on the last page of this handout to see how well you did.
After working on the essential questions for your learning adventure, you should now have at least some ideas about the objectives for your adventures in mind. If the essential questions are prepared to get students’ initial interest, or curiosity, into the topic, the Hook, or Anticipatory set, will draw further, deeper interest by providing interesting facts, information, and brief activities that may be meaningful to students in any way.
Before we look for resources for Hook, I first want you to brainstorm the project ideas you want your students to do [Show what you know section in the rubric]. Sometimes the best way to figure out what you want to teach is to first figure out what you want students to be able to do. When you’re cooking, most of the time you decide what you want to eat BEFORE you get together your ingredients. At least, in the more successful times that you are cooking. So, let’s figure out what kinds of projects your students might complete – this week we’ll be working on organizing resources to help them create their projects. Just as we choose a recipe by looking at pictures, a lot of kids will choose your adventure based on the project they will complete.
What kinds of projects might your student do? Will they create a glogster poster to show how the define a hero? Or will they create a video to talk about recycling? Maybe you’ll encourage your student to start a blog to help middle schoolers learn how to make and keep their friends. Here’s a long list of project ideas. Read about Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects for more ideas.
Once you have a question and a project in mind, it’s other time to figure out how you’re going to help students come up with an answer to your question and show you what they know (i.e. what they believe the answer is) with some type of project.
PART TWO. Finding good resources for the “Hook” and “Explore” sections
Where can you go to find interactive games and resources to use in the “Hook” section and the “Explore” section? Take a look at Thinkfinity and Wonderopolis – they are appropriate resource regardless of grade or subject area.
PART THREE. Working on the Organize section
When working with your learners you want to make sure you give them specific places to go with specific things to do – an advance organizer will help with this. This is the requirement for the Organize section of your adventure. Students will use the advance organizer while they are going through the Explore section of your adventure – this could be a KWL chart, a cause and effect chart, etc.
This will serve as a “to do” list. Use age appropriate graphics. You may find something you like on this teacher site, you may choose to create an organizer using Dabbleboard, Webspiration, Bubbl.us or even using Word, Google Docs, Google Forms.Here’s a huge list of premade templates. REMEMBER your advance organizer should be an original – not from a template.
After you’ve selected or created an organizer for your investigation, include a write up on your Google Site for students. Just posting an organizer isn’t enough. You need to write to the students, explaining what they are going to do with it. Do you want them to print it? If so, you need to tell them. Let’s take some time in class now to create an organizer and write directions for students. They won’t start filling it out until they are in “Explore”.
**Make sure you double-check your adventure with the rubric while working on the project.
- 4/10 – Creating a Graphic Organizer for Students
- 4/12 – Creating Exploration Activities for Students
- 4/15 – Creating ways for Students to Show What They Know
- 4/17 – Helping Students Find a Career/Parent-Teacher Letter
- 4/19 – Author Introduction Videos
- 4/22- 4/26 – Learning Adventures Showcase (Final Group Presentations) – Plan to bring food!!!
- Complete the ‘Hook’ section of your adventure and post it on your Google Site.