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Supercharged Science with PBL (Project Based Learning)

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a natural fit for the curious and questioning nature of middle school students. In the science classroom, integrating PBL goes hand in hand with inquiry based learning and incorporating student led investigations with real world applications. Project-based learning experiences will help us figure out how to make learning come alive for our middle school students.
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Supercharged Science with PBL (Project Based Learning)
  • Ella Bowling says:
    This is an immense collection of PBL lessons in all of the sciences! It focuses specifically on projects for grades 6-12 which makes it a valuable resource for middle school science teachers! I particularly liked the fact that it is divided according to the science subject area, making it easy for you to find what fits the units of study and standards you are teaching.
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    How to Use Project-Based Learning in Your Middle School Science Classroom

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    Ella Bowling says:
    This was a nice, concise article with three different examples of how PBL could specifically be utilized in the middle school science classroom. I particularly liked the environmental focus of these projects as they tend to gain student interest faster because they can express their opinion or in other words, take a side, as middle schoolers tend to enjoy!
  • Ella Bowling says:
    This was a wealth of resources I stumbled upon! It's a blog by a California science teacher who has written numerous PBL project and designed a PBL curriculum for middle school science. One focus area I really liked is the workhop page. It is basically the outline for a PD workshop on how to design and implement a PBL into your classroom. There are links to numerous videos introducing PBL, how to do PBL in the middle school science classroom, and other resources that you can utilize in your plan
  • Ella Bowling says:
    Project-based learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. This is a series of 9 videos that show it in action in real classrooms. I really enjoyed watching these and seeing what quality PBL activities should look like in the classroom.
  • Ella Bowling says:
    BIE is the expert on PBL on all levels as they literally wrote the book on it! Their website includes a project search that allows teachers to search PBL projects that they can integrate into their own classrooms. There are over 200 science PBL projects alone! I found that this was extremely helpful in providing me quality examples of what PBL should look like when I was considering designing my own.
  • Ella Bowling says:
    This is an awesome 96 page guide aimed specifically towards middle school educators that are looking to implement project based learning. There is a section on each content area and the one on science really provided me some great insight into how I can improve my approaches to PBL in my own classroom. It provides a variety of resources and handouts that can be used in your own classroom.
  • Ella Bowling says:
    These ideas are excellent and the best part was that they could be implemented into practically any classroom with little to no modifications! The instructions are easy to follow and in addition to this, they can be modified if necessary to fit your own needs. The topics are pertinent to middle schoolers and would certainly hold their interest and foster student engagement.
  • Ella Bowling says:
    This resource is a plethora of great ideas for implementing PBL in the classroom. While not all of them are science related, they definitely provide a great resource set for science teachers looking to start PBL activities in his or her middle school science classroom.
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