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1 Project Based Learning: Linking Nutrition and Common Core to Engage Students Valerie Parsons, M.Ed., M.A.

2 Driving Question How can we use nutrition to develop projects that makes content meaningful to students?

3 Knows/Need to Knows What We Know about PBL… What We Need to Know about PBL…

4 Increases student motivation and engagement in learning Is more effective than traditional instruction in increasing academic achievement Improves student retention of knowledge over time Improves mastery of 21 st century skills Is especially effective with lower-achieving students And, prepares students for new types of assessment… Research says that Project Based Learning…

5 I Choose C.

6 Smarter Balance Assessment

7 How to Find Examples of Smarter Balance Test Questions

8 Example of a Performance Task (start at 6:08)

9 Common Core State Standards for ELA (start at 2:45)

10 MUSD Nutrition Education 3 years of Nutrition Education Curriculum On-line Pacing Guide provided for each year, divided into 3 grade spans: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 How to access the MUSD Nutrition Education Go to the MUSD website Click on District Departments Click on Network for a Healthy California Click on MUSD Nutrition Education, then select the year and grade level. Each Pacing Guide has the following components:

11 MUSD Nutrition Education Pacing Guide Year 1, Grades K-2 Month Aug/SeptOct/NovDec/JanFeb/MarApril/May Nutrition Ed Lesson (Based on CA Health Ed. Standards) MyPlate (Essential Concepts) Food Groups (Analyzing influences) I Spy: Nutrition Facts Label (Accessing Valid Health Information) ShipwreckedIngredients List (Accessing Valid Health Information) Convincing Others to Make Healthy Food Choices (Health Promotion) Lesson Extension (connected to Common Core) Write an informative/ explanatory piece: My Favorite Healthy Food Presentation: Create MyPlate Poem: MyPlate Write an informative explanatory piece: The Life of a Fruit or Veggie Write an opinion piece: MyPlate to My Family Resources Song Alive with 5 Article: 15 ways to use Halloween Candy Funmi and Friends Discuss MyPlate Tasting Trio Recipes PhotoVoice ResourcesPhotoVoice Resources and Videos Have a healthy plate when eating out. Fizzys Lunch LabIts Halloween Night Choose MyPlate: A Lyrical Rendition Fun with Fruits The Vegetable Song Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiative Video Games Lunch Crunch2 Blast Off! With MyPlate MyPlate Match GameSmash Your FoodMake a ShakePoint of View Project The Healthy Hearts, Minds and Bodies Project

12 Video

13 Get to know the 8 Essentials of PBL: 1.Choose one of the 8 essentials. 2.Illustrate your element. 3.Give examples of your element from the video. 4.List what you are already doing at your school that relates to your element. Elementary PBL PBL Book p. 7

14 PBL Book p (Misconceptions)

15 PBL Book p (3 Ways to Fit PBL into your day)

16 1. Begin with the end in mind 2. Meaningful and relevant 3. Must fulfill and educational purpose. Developing a Project Idea PBL Book p. 3-5, (Name is important)

17 Creating a Powerful Driving Question One of the most important parts of PBL Gives the students a purpose for doing the project Engages students by giving them a direct charge to take action. PBL Book p. 5, 37-42



20 Instructors at the Marin School of Arts and Technology refine an abstract idea into a concrete driving question relating local Watersheds. driving question

21 Now its your turn…. Craft the Driving Question for your project idea. Complete the first page of the Project Overview through the driving question. Start by just writing down any questions that come to mind, then revise those into a driving question. This will take about minutes!


23 Things to ponder on the drive home… Does the Driving Question need further revision? What will the students products be? How will you hook the students to make the project relevant and meaningful? Questions for me? Post them in the Parking Lot. PBL Book p (Product ideas) Additional Reading in the PBL Book: PBL: A Portrait, p. 75 Managing a Project, p. 85

24 Day 2… Welcome Agenda Answers to Questions

25 What CCSS will be taught and assessed? PBL Book p. 46 (Where does the FAST Framework fit in?)

26 21 st Century Skills and Major Products and Performances PBL Book p. 5, 8-9, 31

27 What is 21 st Century Education?

28 Even Kinder and 1 st graders can present! Que son las plantas? Stray Animals

29 Entry Event Hooks the kids and makes it relevant Develop an entry event for your project… PBL Book p

30 Assessments and Rubrics PBL Book p. 32

31 New Home Builder Seeks Answer to Your Dreams A local Builder will be creating a new home development based upon his vision of geometry and art, But he needs your help. While his vision is important, he believes that every family should live in the house of their dreams, but for every family the dream is different. Unfortunately, he cant build a different home for each family, but he can incorporate many different dream in each one. Help him to understand your dreams by constructing a model dream house with your team members that reflects aspects of each individuals dreams! You will have about 10 minutes to design the model using the materials provided: grapes and toothpicks! Each team will present their Dream Home.

32 Design Your Own Dream House Rubric

33 What is a Rubric? A rubric is an assessment FOR learning vs. an assessment OF learning. It sets clear expectations and/or exemplars. Focus is on the learning outcomes, not on the task. Empowers students and fosters responsibility for learning. Guides revision and reflection. It has 3 parts: Criterialists specific measures for the product or performance (left column) Scaledifferentiates between levels of development (top row) DescriptorsDescriptions of each criteria and scale PBL Book p , 100 (Assessing Critical Thinking)

34 Explore Rubric Builders: Rubistar Rubistar tutorial Schrockguide Roobrix: the right and wrong way to grade rubrics. Play time: Explore the websites for rubrics and then work as a team to build a rubric for your project. (Note: Collaboration rubrics and presentation rubrics are already provided. Instead, make a rubric for a debate, multimedia, Power Point, etc.)

35 = / 4 = 77% 100% 86.66% 73.33% 60%

36 100% 90% 80% 70% =330/4= 9 (82.5)

37 Resources and Reflections Find Reflection Forms in Student Handout Section PBL Book p. 113 (Reflections) p (Samples)

38 PBL Book p. 66 (Project Calendar)


40 Project Revisions based on Feedback

41 Overview of MUSD Nutrition Education Projects Year 1-3 Healthy Hearts, Minds and Bodies Healthy Choices=Healthy Life! Food for Thought: News for a Healthy You!

42 Reflection: Likes, Dislikes, Next Steps… Project Based Learning in action with Stephanie Harvey Fish Bowl Reflection (draw a card) Goldfish: inside circle Fishbowl: outside circle Fish Bowl Prompts: I like… (Goldfish share what they liked) I wonder… (Goldfish share concerns or next steps) I have… (Goldfish share ideas)

43 Project-Based Learning Resources Using Edmodo for PBL PBL Book p , (On-line resources)

44 Closure, Evaluations, and Raffles!

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