Apple Inquiry/ Phenomenon-Based Learning Unit

Grade Levels
1st - 4th
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51 pages
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Are you ready for your students to go deeper with their learning? Are you looking for ways to hit the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy? This inquiry driven, cross-curricular learning framework focused on apples will have your students self-directing their own learning and constructing knowledge like never before.

This apple PhenomBL resource includes an overview of the Phenomenon-Based Learning framework, an outline of the unit and planning tools, and graphic organizers to help your students synthesize their learning.

How subjects can be integrated in this unit:

Work on reading skills while exploring informational texts about apples.

Work on writing skills while explaining the apple life cycle, how to make an apple pie, or reporting on research findings.

Work on math skills while measuring and weighing different types of apples, counting seeds, or exploring the amount of apples produced each year.

Work on science/STEAM skills while learning about apple life cycles, what plants need to survive, different types of apples and their uses, how apples break down (decompose), or how matter changes when heated (make applesauce or apple butter).

Work on social studies skills while exploring how people use apples, the history of Johnny Appleseed, how apples get from farm to table, and so much more.

**Informational texts are not included in this unit. What is included are the planning guides and resources to use texts on your students' levels. PhenomBL is student-centered so texts will should be based on the needs of individual classes and students.

About Phenomenon-Based Learning:

Phenomenon-based learning is an instructional strategy used successfully in Finland (largely based on research from experts in the US) which allows students to go deeper in their understanding of the content. In the US, we call it “interdisciplinary studies” or "cross curricular” but it is really much bigger than that.

You can find resources to help you implement PhenomBL here.


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Total Pages
51 pages
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