Class Newsletter Teacher: Nathan StoreyEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Circle of Life• Essential Question: – Can plants tell us anything about Humans?• Unit Questions: – How does the life cycle of plants compare to the life cycle of people? – What do plants and humans have in common?• Content Questions: – What’s the difference between angiosperms and gymnosperms? – What’s the difference between monocots and dicots? – What’s the difference between vascular and non-vascular plants?
Standards and Objectives• Standard: TC2(9-12)(11) Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.• Objective: The students will use basic technology, scientific method and scientific process and application skills (e.g. observing, communicating, classifying, measuring, predicting, inferring, etc.) -Students will use internet and powerpoint presentations to fulfill the standard of using digital content. Also on the same point of the standard is that the students will have to be able to interpret whether the information they found is valid and reliable for their project(s).
Standards and Objectives• Standard: SC(9-12) Botany Elective (9) Identify life cycles of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms.• Objective: The students will compare and contrast the life cycles of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. They will evaluate the effectiveness of each cycle and how it relates to alternation of generations. -The students will go out into the community and around school grounds and observe plant life to add to their presentation with the research on the life cycle of these plants that they found on the internet.
Role of Teacher• The role of the teacher is to mediate and initiate learning in the classroom.• My role is to encourage further learning and entice students to go above and beyond the standards and objectives.• Explain all tasks to be completed.• Help students set and reach goals.• Assess Learning.
Role of Student• Work in collaborative groups• Find sources and conduct research• Hold each other accountable• Motivate each other to strive for excellence• Meet state and local standards• Present findings on research
Role of Parent• Become acquainted with PBL• Keep an open mind• Encourage PBL in your childs school• Share your expertise• Ask your children questions• Volunteer to help
PBL and Benefits of this Unit• A systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.• Benefits of this unit include: learning life cycles of different plants, learning about the differences in plants with similarities, and collaboration with peers to achieve a higher degree of learning.