PBL GROUP PROJECT PROPOSAL FORM
PBL Group 1
Members: Lydia Jackson, Patricia Sauerwine, Laurel Hilton, Caitlin Kordek
stTopic: Animal Habitats (1 Grade)—Particularly the Arctic Habitat
Driving Question: Why couldn’t we send our class pet, Mertle the Turtle, to
Antarctica for vacation?
Students will be searching out the answer to the driving question by doing a PBL station rotation to the following creative stations:
1. Box Turtle Power Point (slideshow with facts about the box turtle,
embedded videos, hyperlinked slides, and a time to observe Mertle
the class pet).
2. Arctic Animals Glog (facts about arctic animals, habitat, climate, food
eaten, fur, shelter, etc.)
3. Blubber Experiment (Students will be able to experiment extreme cold
and the concept of blubber at this station, using gloves, Crisco, and
ice). Reflection will occur.
4. Ice Fishing with Arctic Animals (Students will go ―ice fishing‖ with
magnets and pick out papers of animals, decide whether or not it is an
Arctic Animal, and learn a piece of information about the animal that
-Project will have a culminating activity where the students will reflect on the findings at the two learning centers, results from the blubber experiment, and characteristics of Arctic Animals from the ice fishing station, to decide whether or not Mertle could vacation to Antarctica.
-Assessment/Culminating project is for each student to do a writing/drawing activity, explaining why or why not the turtle can go to Antarctica (must incorporate their findings). They will be videotaped reading and sharing their responses, and a class movie will be made with all of the answers.
-Discovery streaming – 51 second video entitled ―Arctic Habitat‖ - http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=F3EB6FFC-5A71-
45FF-8989-B77C535FB7C8&blnFromSearch=1&productcode=US -Songs about Arctic animals - http://www.hemelhouse.com/arcticsongs.htm -Experiment Ideas (Blubber) - http://www.stepbystepcc.com/arctic4.html -Power point about Box turtle needs –
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