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Welcome'to'Franklin'School!

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PBLs'and'21st'Century'Learning'

Problem(Project)'Based'Learning'
What'is'it?'
an'instrucBonal'approach'built'upon'authenBc'
learning'acBviBes'that'engage'student'interest'
and'moBvaBon.'These'acBviBes'are'designed'to'
answer'a'quesBon'or'solve'a'problem'and'
generally'reect'the'types'of'learning'and'work'
people'do'in'the'everyday'world'outside'the'
classroom'

PBL'
allows'students'to'reect'upon'their'own'ideas'
and'opinions,'exercise'voice'and'choice,'and'
make'decisions'that'aect'project'outcomes'and'
the'learning'process'in'general'
teaches'students'21st'century'skills'as'well'as'
content.'These'skills'include'communicaBon'and'
presentaBon'skills,'organizaBon'and'Bme'
management'skills,'research'and'inquiry'skills,'
selfOassessment'and'reecBon'skills,'and'group'
parBcipaBon'and'leadership'skills.'

First'Graders'learned'about'the'life'cycle'of'a'plant'by'
'exploring'and'observing'seeds,'growing'their'own'plants,'
'and'studying'the'plant'environment'in'Ben'Franklins'Courtyard.'

Once'students'learned'
what'plants'need'to'grow,'
they'brainstormed'ways'
to'test'the'variables.'

Scientific Inquiry Wheel

Plants'ne

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Inquiry'wheel'

Students'changed'one'variable'and'controlled'the'other'3.

Orange'Juice'

Cherry'Juice'

Root'Beer'

Gatorade'

Dog'Food'

Seashells'

Wood'Chips'

Cheerios'

No'Water'or'Liquid'

No'Soil'/'Pasta'

No'Air'/'See'through'box'
No'Sunlight'/'Cabinet'

CommuniBes'
h[p://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=d0fJDWc7VRw'

ARCADES''O'Entrepreneurship'

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Arcade'building'

Emerald'Ash'Borer'

Power'Point'PresentaBons'
Brochures''

Glogster'Online'Posters'

Fourth Grade representatives


presenting a check for money
raised at a village board meeting.

5th$Grade$STEM$PBL$
What$diaper$brand$performs$the$best?$

Ben$
Franklin$
PBL

Science$Fair$$testable$choice$
Engineering$Design$of$
Weather$Instruments$
Marketing$
Math$Volume$

Science$never$solves$a$problem$without$creating$ten$
more$$George$Bernard$Shaw$

Parent Engagement PBL


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How can we engage our at-risk families at Ben Franklin


School?
20 staff members comprised of classroom teachers, specialists,
paraprofessionals, student support staff, and an administrator
Kick-Off Event/Invitation presented at staff meeting
Guiding Questions (Identification, Communication, Culture, Participation, and
Parent Education
Study Teams formed to answer questions
Essential participation opportunities (Meet & Greet, Curriculum Night,
Conferences, Open House)
For Meet & Greet: Strengthening communication, Lunch & Learn, Friendly
Faces in place to assist families, & Connecting with classroom teachers.
Collecting Data to evaluate Events (survey)
Planning for Curriculum Night, Conferences, & Open House
Looking Ahead: Once relationships are formed, then what? How can we
connect parents with their childs academic life at school?

Thank you!

http://youtu.be/dQyvZG3iGAk