Research Based Elementary PBL Curriculum for Science (and ELA, and math, and…)

NSTA is hosting a two-part webinar called, Transforming Science Learning: Project-Based Learning: Principles to Sustain Student Learning and Teacher Change in Practice. It will take place on December 6 & 7, 2022, from 7-8:30 PM ET.

Have you wanted to implement a Project-Based Learning unit in your classroom? Would you like to introduce PBL curriculum in your school? Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning (ML-PBL), an Open Education Resource, provides interdisciplinary science units Designed for the Next Generation Science Standards that also address Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics for Grades K-5. Our research shows that students, regardless of reading level, who used the 3rd Grade ML-PBL units, outperformed a matched control group on a summative assessment developed and validated by a third party.

This seminar is Part 1 of a two-part series. In these two 90-minute sessions, you will engage in the ML-PBL Grade 4 Dynamic Earth unit called, How will this place on Earth change in 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, and 1,000,000 years? All lessons are designed to be (1) flexible and adaptive, (2) responsive to student ideas and cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and (3) both, enjoyable and intellectually satisfying for the teacher and students. The project-based design supports a high level of student interest and engagement and includes performance-based equity and social and emotional learning goals. ML-PBL provides embedded supports for Multilingual Learners.

In Part 1 the presenters will focus on high-quality Project-Based Learning curriculum, features, and accessing Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning using examples from U4.1 Dynamic Earth. Register to Part 1.

In Part 2 the presenters will focus on assessment and adaptation for equity using examples from U4.1 Dynamic Earth and other units. Register to Part 2.

Key Takeaways:

· How features of PBL and the NGSS work together

· Strategies for using formative, informal, and summative assessment to guide teaching

· Discourse supports for responsive teaching

· Making “principled adaptations” in ML-PBL

· How to access and navigate ML-PBL Grades 3-5 units


James Emmerling

Science Education Consultant

District and School Services, Oakland Schools

O:(248) 209-2542


Twitter: @jremmerling

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