Monday, 28 November 2016

Project Based Learning
1.Project Plan
(1.1)The Define Phase
·   Write a statement describing the overall purpose of the project.
·   What is the key challenge or problem the project is aiming to address?
·   What are students intended to learn from the project?

1)      Understanding about rusting.
2)      Medium affecting corrosion.
3)      Methods to prevent corrosion.

(1.12)Project Scope:
            Describe the scope of your project. This may include class and section, subjects it covers, self shills to be used etc. as well as other factors affecting scope.
Students Class VIII
Subject involved Science.
Students work will be monitored and managed to avoid students going off track.

(1.13) Curriculum and Standards:
            List the curriculum and standards this project with cover.
Standard VIII Science curriculum topics.
1)      Reaction of oxygen with Iron.
2)      Different medium affecting rusting.
3)      Rate of rusting depend upon conditions.
4)      Prevention of rusting.

Project Based Learning
Lesson 2
2.1 Essential Question:
            Put in writing the question that will engage the students
What causes rusting?

2.2 Grouping Strategy:
            Describe the criteria that will be used to form students team and how this maps to the goals of the project.
1)      Each team consists of 9 students of mixed genders.
2)      Team consists of students of mixed ability and skills.
3)      One of the goals is to promote team work, peer learning, developing skills and scientific attitude.
4)      Students with lower ability can benefit from students with better ability.

2.3 Learning Environment:
            Describe the learning environment for the project including any classroom adaptation that will be required.
1)      A group working area in the classroom will be set aside.
2)      Computer labs will be used.
3)      Sharing of ideas between students through e-mail.

2.4Assessment Approach:
                Describe the approach for:
                2.41 Authentic Assessment:
1)      Making a survey in home, school rate of rusting in different articles.
2)      Suggestions to reduce it, in daily life.
2.42 Formative Assessment:
Periodic feedback will be provided depending upon the observation made by the students.

2.43 Summative Assessment:
1) Power point presentation.
2) Innovative method devised           

2.44 Rubrics:
1) Posters
2) Scrap book
3) Final Presentation. 

2.45 Gradings:
Grades will be awarded on combination of scores from assessment made during the project.     

Project Based Learning
Sample – Lesson 3
Plan Phase
3.1 Work Breakdown, Products and Milestones:
            List the project task and, if possible at this stage include the sub-tasks. For each task add the product that will be created and indicate it will be a milestone.
Classroom instruction: Basics of rusting
Select student groups
Research: Online and Library
Activity: Collecting the articles
Presentation: Cause and consequence of rusting- talk.
Celebration: Presentation to other divisions of Class VIII

3.2 Role definition:
            List the roles team members will fulfill in the project.
Project Leader: Teacher will be fulfilling this role.
Survey writer: All students will contribute.
Presenter: All students will take some part in the presentation.

3.3 Task schedule:
            Note start and end dates for the project.
                Include expected dates to start specific tasks
Project start date: 8/8/2016
Project end date: 31/8/2016

3.4Special Activities Plan:
                List any special activities (e.g. Field trips or guest speakers) including dates.
Parents can take children to visit nearby factories and bridges etc.
3.5Resource Plan:
List resource that will be required during the project and any other date constraints associated with them.
Computer Lab: 11/8/16, 18/8/2016, 25/8/216

3.6 Direct Instruction:
List any planned direct instruction sessions and link them to specific tasks if appropriate.
Different medium affecting rusting;
Creating a survey.

3.7 Reviews and checkpoints:
                Describe how you will incorporate review meetings and checkpoints in the project
Every weekend, there will be a 15 minutes class conference, to discuss programs and successes.

3.8 Assessment plan:
            Describe the balanced assessment plan for the project. List products that will be assessed during the project. List rubrics that need to be created before project launch.
Opportunities for authentic assessment will include the surveys and results.
Formative assessments will be focused on the observations made by the students.
Summative assessments will be performed on Power Point presentation, survey results, rubrics prepared on observations, presentation, grading rubric.

Work plan-Lesson 4
Prepare work plan in the format given below.


Launch Project

Project Launched


Giving Classrooms
Areas to be covered
1)      Define the project
2)      Aim of the project
Initial Classroom Instruction
Group Selection
Students with different abilities and different genders.
Group selection completed
Collection of materials
Materials are ready
Starting activity
Work will be started in teams
Activity completed
Collection of data
Collecting data from each group
Meeting held
Advice meeting
Team prepares their brief

Compiling the results
Team prepares their brief
Result prepared
Interpretation of the results
Group Leaders

Project Presentation
Posting in the computer
Assessment and grading
Prepare rubrics and assessment

Project Closed
Submitting to the principle

Project Plan – Lesson 5

The Do Phase

(5.1) Project Launch:
                Describe how the project will be launched, including how goals, expectation, rules, procedures, assessment, and grading will be presented to the students.
Launching the project with a group meeting for the whole class. Explaining about aim, procedure, goals, expectations, compiling results. The final presentation will be printed and displayed in the classroom as well as posted in PBL blog.

(5.2) Artifacts:
                List artifacts that will be created during the project
Power Point presentations

(5.3) Culminating product:
                Describe what culminating product or products are expected to be created during the project and how they will be presented.
Each group will give a presentation about their results.
Posting in blog will be presented by each team.

(5.4) Celebrating completion:
                Describe how the students will celebrate when the project is completed.
Interaction with the other divisions of 8th class, as in the form of presentations.

Project Plan - Lesson 6

The Review Phase

(6.1)Student Reflection and Evaluation:
                Describe how student reflection and evaluation will be conducted.
Evaluation on group discussions, difficulties they faced and modifications they can make on it.

(6.2) Teacher Reflection and Evaluation:
                Describe how teacher reflection and evaluation will be conducted.
Modifications that can be implemented next time.

(6.3) Assessment of 21st Century skills:
                List of 21st century skills in this project and its assessment
Innovative practices, communication ICT, posters.

(6.4) Summative Assessment and Grading:
                List products and the corresponding rubrics that will be used for SA and Grading
Designed to assess creativity and communication skills
3 marks
Rubric presentation
4 marks
Interpretation of results
Blog Rubric
3 marks

Project Plan – Lesson 7

The Manage Phase

(7.1) Process Management:
                List tasks that will be used to manage the process of conducting the learning
Progress monitoring
Removal of oxygen from water

(7.2) Student Preparation:
                Describe how students will be prepared for the project prior to launch. List any specific instruction or tasks that will be needed
Collecting the previous knowledge about rusting related to daily life.

(7.3)  Facilitation:
                Describe how facilitation of resources will be used to enable the students to be successful.
Use of the library and computer.

(7.4) Progress Monitoring:
                Describe how program will be monitored throughout the project.
Meeting once per week and motivating them to know more about it.

Group Progress

Informal meetings on daily programs discussed with children.

         Individual Progress

(7.5) Re-planning:
                Describe how ‘re-planning’ will be used if the project goes off track
Being a group work, children will share their ideas.
Daily monitoring and discussions will help the children.

(7.6) Conflict Management:
                Describe how to address problems related to participation, offer approaches to manage other conflicts that may arise.
Responsibility will be given to each member which will inculcate joy of team work.
Conflicts to be solved on their own.


Our topic for PBL is corrosion. Our science teacher explained what is corrosion. Corrosion is the deterioration of a metal as a result of chemical reaction between it with the environment. Our teacher gave an activity for studying about corrosion. Madam divided the students into 4 groups. The group leaders of each group were Ashwin.V.Menon, Archana Jayakumar, Adithya Shivaram and Lisa Merin Johney, Every group consists of 10 members.
PROCESS - We were asked to bring the materials for activity. Each group brought one iron nail. Madam provided each group with one-one boiling tube. All 4 groups were given 4 topics. For 1st group it was given ‘without air’ for the 2nd group it was ‘pure water’ and for the next group it was given ‘water without air ‘ and for the 4th group it was given ‘saline water’. The next day we all were called to the chemistry lab. Each group prepared their solutions in the boiling tubes and then get the results we kept the solutions under observation for 18 days. Every day 2-3 members of each group with their group leader went to the chemistry lab for the observation of nail and the solution. In the beginning we observed that nail in saline water had a large amount of iron deposit on it and also the nail in water had a little amount of iron deposit on it. The iron nails in the other boiling tubes which contained of ‘water without air’ and ‘without air’ and water had no changes. Day-by-day the amount of iron deposits increased in the nails except the nail which was in the boiling tube that contained without air. In the boiling tubes of ‘saline water’ and ‘without air’ the colour of the solution also changed, which was becoming darker black day-by-day. The nails in the saline water was expanding in the size because of iron deposited over it and a little amount of iron deposits were also formed at the bottom of the boiling tubes. As a result or conclusion we found that without water or moisture corrosion doesn’t take place in any cases. Meanwhile during the days of observation we also made a log book describing the observation and what we did each day. In the last day of activity, group leaders of each group made a chart and they described about the corrosion that took place in each boiling tube to the students. By this we completed our activity:
From this we study environmental conditions will affect the process corrosion.