Project-based learning is “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge” from BIE
. The Vanishing of the Bees project allows students to assume the role of various stakeholders in the bee industry and research ways to solve the problem. After reading an extensive article and viewing The Vanishing of the Bees documentary, students will join together in their groups to research solutions that will benefit their role. After presenting their solutions to the rest of the class, the entire class will interact using a Socratic seminar method. Ultimately, the class will come up with one or multiple solutions to the problem that can be agreed upon by most (if not all) the stakeholders. This project works best in a collaborative digital environment (Google Apps work best) but can be done on paper with the teacher doing some extra prep work to make copies for all students.
This listing includes BOTH: PDF versions of all the documents listed below and a Google folder link with ALL files as Google Documents and a Google Slideshow with instructions on how to best utilize these in your classroom.
Included in this post: Google instructions, Lesson Plan, Documentary graphic organizer, Presentation, Self, and Group rubrics, link to Rolling Stone article, Rolling Stone article questions, STUDENT HANDOUT, Project Log questions, PowerPoint/SlideShow, Socratic Seminar agenda
This project aligns with Common Core and NGSS standards.
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