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Module 3 - The Learner and Learning in the Digital Age

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Our STEAM based PBL Project

Deforestation for a modern age and making a difference.

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Build Your own Tree

Our K5C STEAM Project

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Completeing an interesting STEAM project while fulfilling an art and science objective

This project will take place in Week 18 of our curriculum when the question of "What is a forest habitat" for our 1 science lesson per week will take place.  We will most likely use 2 periods to complete this.  The first will include a short video introduction to what makes a forest and what role deforestation plays with our world.  Then we will move onto taking a look at a picture of a tree OR A premade tree made by me.  And start to ask the thinking routine questions to get the students thinking creatively and critically.  Finally we will go into a leveled reader about forest habitats and teach the key vocabulary for the lesson.

          In the second period we will actually make the tree.  This will involve students creating a mock up of the soil with brown construction paper with a cirlce drawn in the middle where the tree will go.  Then paper machey will be put on top of it to show layered soil.  Then we will move on to make the actual tree.

      For the tree we will use actual cardboard and make slits in the cardboard, then connect them together at least once to make a free standing tree.  Just like the gentlemen did in this video with thick paper.   The students will get to use their choice of makerspace items for the leaves.  Cotton, popsicle sticks,  soft paper, and cardboard paper will all be available for the students to experiment with. 

         

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Build a free standing tree with simple supplies

Students will have a couple options to build their trees.  Popsicle Sticks, clay, and laminated Paper leaves will be provides.  Also will have the option to use thick paper and tape to build their own tree.

Start to learn about DeForestation and Environmental Effect

We will begin this activity with an intro video on forest habitats and proceed onto the problems happening in our world today with Deforestation.  Since its for kindergarten students will try to keep the vocabulary simple.  Including basic key vocabulary such as Trees, leaves, planting,  green, fall, right, left.

Improve Reading ability

One thing we will do for this project is introduce the concept with a leveled reader.  Which will provide key simplistic vocabulary for them, while introducing them to the concept of the project.

See. Think. Wonder

Use this thinking routine to for introducing our trees and the concept of making our own tree.  This 21st century skill will allow for scaffolding and get the students really think about what makes a tree stand and why they are so important in our lives.

Components of a Tree

Will study the different Parts to the Tree.  Including the leaves, trunk, branches, bark, and soil.

Have a blast  while doing it!

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Blake Galligan

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Description of Evaluation Process

Teacher and Peer Evaluation

The Broader View

Our overall evaluation process for the semester

For our class we have a rewards system already in place for the broader picture.  We give stars out daily for good deeds on a range of things, and take them away if bad behavior takes place, wether be it academically or behavioral.   Then at the end of the week these stars are counted and converted into stickers put on our our Rewards board.  At the end of the semester, the students can exchange these stickers for gifts based on how many was received for the semester.

Peer Review

Even Kindergarteners can have a say in the evaluation process:)

For this STEAM project, we will utilize this system with a total of 12 stars spanning 4 areas.  Design, Functionality, Effort, and Peer evaluation.  The Peer evaluation will be a simple vote from the class on how they think the overall project of the students went.  Did they tree stand well and the student make the project look amazing?  Students will be able to vote fo the 3 star category for this.  Was it functional but no big extra efforts were given?  2 stars will be the standard for that.  Did it not stand and the project was a bit of a mess, but its clear the student put some effort.  1 star will be the vote for this kind of project.  Did the student not make anything related and clearly gave barely any effort?  No stars will be rewarded.  This gives the students a say in the process and I think they will be excited to actually be able to evaluate a part of the process themselves.

Teachers Evaluation

Teachers short Rubric

There will be a short Rubric drawn up with these 4 sections and a 3 stars to 0 stars scale appointed for each section.

Design - How good was the design?  Did they use the paper machey to make it look more realistic.   Did they get creative with how to make the leaves and bark.   Does the design look stunning and they clearly have a great eye and effort for design?  3 stars will be given.  Was the design nice and everything was in place as instructed  2 stars will be the reward.   Is the desing sloppy but some effort was given to make it look realistic and nice?  ! star is the final score for this type of project.   Little to no design going on means no stars given.  How overall appealing was their STEAM Project Design?  These are the questions that will be up for evaluation.

Functionality - Did the students create a tree that freely stands on its own?  Do the leaves and bark stay on?  Making sure all the pieces work.  Again made to scalibility 3 stars - 0 Stars.  3 stars means the tree stands magnificently and is very sturdy even when movign the construction paper to a different place, tree still holds very firm.  Does the tree stand but is a little wobbly?  2 stars will be given.  Does the tree not even stand, but the student did give efforts and clearly were trying to get it to freely stand, 1 star is the reward.  A complete mess with no standing and a bad look for the tree will result in no stars.

Effort - Teacher grades the project on the effort put forth.  This is graded by individual observation while the project is being conducted and created.  Also in the final efforts of the product that will be presented when finished.  3 stars - O stars will be awarded for this.   Did the student go above and beyond the call of duty?  3 stars given by the teacher.  Did the student make a valiant effort and everything words?  2 stars.  Did the student put some effort in, but not much time towards this, 1 star will be given.  And of course little to no effort will end in no stars awarded.

Peer Review - Again as stated above.  Did they tree stand well and the student make the project look amazing?  Students will be able to vote fo the 3 star category for this.  Was it functional but no big extra efforts were given?  2 stars will be the standard for that.  Did it not stand and the project was a bit of a mess, but its clear the student put some effort.  1 star will be the vote for this kind of project.  Did the student not make anything related and clearly gave barely any effort?  No stars will be rewarded.   

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Resources

Resource 1

Lakeshore Learning.  STEM Challenge: Build a Tree.  Forestation STEAM Ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU9CvOJp17U

Resource 2

2023.  My PBL Works.  Project Path and Learning.  See. Think. Wonder

https://my.pblworks.org/resources?_ga=2.249484551.1818707039.1617973273-607543470.1617973273

Resource 3

July 28, 2018.   The Preschool Tool Box Blog.  FALL STEAM CHALLENGE: ENGINEERING FREE-STANDING TREES WITH LEAVES.  Free Standing STEAM Project.

https://thepreschooltoolboxblog.com/fall-steam-challenge-engineering-free-standing-trees-with-leaves/

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