~~~*~~~What's in this PBL box?~~~*~~~
NGSS and TEKS Standards List
Detailed Teacher Rubric
Suggested Assessment Guide
Pacing Guide and TEKS Aligned Lesson Plan
BONUS Inquiry Lesson
Suggested Demonstrations and Labs
Easy Resource Hyperlink Navigation
PBL Specific Resources
A Guide for Teaching Quality Feedback
Interactive Notebook Friendly Project Checkpoints
Digital Guide for Creating Exhibition
~~~*~~~ What standards are covered? ~~~*~~~
NGSS Standards Covered in Project
PS1-1 Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
PS1-2 Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
PS2-4 Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.
Texas Chemistry Standards Covered in Project
4A Differentiate between physical and chemical changes and properties
4D Classify matter as pure substances or mixtures through investigation of their properties
5B Use the Periodic Table to identify and explain the properties of chemical families, including alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, halogens, noble gases, and transition metals
5C Use the Periodic Table to identify and explain periodic trends, including atomic and ionic radii, electronegativity, and ionization energy
4B Identify extensive and intensive properties
5A Explain the use of chemical and physical properties in the historical development of the Periodic Table
3B. Communicate and apply scientific information extracted from various sources such as current events, news reports, published journal articles, and marketing materials
~~~*~~~ What will my students do? ~~~*~~~
In this project, students will answer the driving question: How can we visually show Periodic Table trends and properties in an engaging way for young students?
Students will create element block squares that represent physical and chemical properties of a selected element. Each element block will use a QR code to link to a superhero guide for the audience to read. The exhibition for this project features a large, colorful and interactive Periodic Table that can be referenced throughout the year!
~~~*~~~ A note about PBL lesson plans....~~~*~~~
You will note that the lesson plan is broken down into eight different segments. These are designed to flow at your own pace and may take between 8-16 class days depending on your students. I cannot stress enough, set due dates early but factor in buffer days. The concept of "Critical Friends" feedback is introduced in this project and can be looped in as many times as the teacher feels necessary until work is on par with your expectations.
~~~*~~~ **My Goal for You** ~~~*~~~
It is my genuine hope that this "PBL in a box" serves as your inspiration to try PBL in your chemistry classroom. This is a tried and true favorite for my students and I hope it becomes one for your students too! The inspiration behind "PBL in a box" is to create a product that a teacher can literally open and press play. The pacing guide, checkpoints and teacher notes are designed so that you can roll them out to your students and watch the magic happen. This is typically the first project I run in my classroom and it is designed to take between 3-4 weeks to complete.