A How-to Guide
for Building
Global Lesson Plans
Topic: The World’s Water
Using project-based inquiry to help students learn
A peek inside…
Introduction to
project-based inquiry (PBI)
How PBI improves
student learning
Using PBI to build a
global l...
Years of educational research demonstrate
that students learn best by manipulating and
exploring content directly
Years of educational research demonstrate
that students learn best by manipulating and
exploring content directly
in order...
Project-based inquiry (PBI)
is a student-centered, pedagogical approach to
teaching and learning based on such research.
Project-based inquiry (PBI)
is a student-centered, pedagogical approach to
teaching and learning based on such research.
P...
The steps of project-based inquiry lessons:
Ask a compelling
question and activate
prior knowledge.
The steps of project-based inquiry lessons:
Ask a compelling
question and activate
prior knowledge.
Investigate and analyz...
The steps of project-based inquiry lessons:
Ask a compelling
question and activate
prior knowledge.
Investigate and analyz...
The steps of project-based inquiry lessons:
Ask a compelling
question and activate
prior knowledge.
Investigate and analyz...
The steps of project-based inquiry lessons:
Ask a compelling
question and activate
prior knowledge.
Investigate and analyz...
Promotes deeper levels
of thinking and analysis
and pushes the inquiry
process to the next level.
Why is project-based inq...
Structures reflection
and self-monitoring
triggers.
Promotes deeper levels
of thinking and analysis
and pushes for inquiry...
Promotes deeper levels
of thinking and analysis
and pushes for inquiry
process to the next level.
Structures reflection
an...
Why is project-based inquiry effective?
Promotes deeper levels
of thinking and analysis
and pushes for inquiry
process to ...
Let’s build a global PBI lesson!
Begin with inspiration from any issue or topic,
great or small, simple of complex.
Let’s ...
Compelling questions:
• Open up possibilities for many
interdisciplinary connections.
• Use open-ended questions and don’t...
Examples for a
global lesson on water
 How does access to clean water
differ depending on which region of
the world you l...
Allow students to
investigate the
compelling question
and explore the topic
using a variety of
print, online and
interacti...
Examples for a
global lesson on water
 Conduct an investigation on where your local water comes from.
 Invite a local wa...
Encourage students
to demonstrate their
knowledge of the
topic by creating
products of their
learning.
Synthesize and Crea...
Examples for a
global lesson on water
 Video presentations, posters or pamphlets on specific
water issues.
 Persuasive l...
Allow students to share
their learning products
with others, including:
• Your school community.
• Families, community
gue...
Reflections provide
opportunities for students to
absorb their learning
experiences and revise learning
products.
 What e...
Interested in learning more about PBI or
on building global lesson plans?
VIF’s Global Gateway shows teachers
how to incor...
Sign up for VIF today!
Sign up for free at
www.viflearn.com
Join a community of global-minded educators who share
ideas, s...
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How to Create a Global PBI Lesson Plan

  1. 1. A How-to Guide for Building Global Lesson Plans Topic: The World’s Water Using project-based inquiry to help students learn
  2. 2. A peek inside… Introduction to project-based inquiry (PBI) How PBI improves student learning Using PBI to build a global lesson plan to examine the world’s water
  3. 3. Years of educational research demonstrate that students learn best by manipulating and exploring content directly
  4. 4. Years of educational research demonstrate that students learn best by manipulating and exploring content directly in order to create learning products based on their investigations.
  5. 5. Project-based inquiry (PBI) is a student-centered, pedagogical approach to teaching and learning based on such research.
  6. 6. Project-based inquiry (PBI) is a student-centered, pedagogical approach to teaching and learning based on such research. PBI approaches emphasize student-led and hands-on learning opportunities along with creative and challenging product development to instill knowledge.
  7. 7. The steps of project-based inquiry lessons: Ask a compelling question and activate prior knowledge.
  8. 8. The steps of project-based inquiry lessons: Ask a compelling question and activate prior knowledge. Investigate and analyze resources, information and knowledge.
  9. 9. The steps of project-based inquiry lessons: Ask a compelling question and activate prior knowledge. Investigate and analyze resources, information and knowledge. Synthesize what was learned and create products of learning.
  10. 10. The steps of project-based inquiry lessons: Ask a compelling question and activate prior knowledge. Investigate and analyze resources, information and knowledge. Synthesize what was learned and create products of learning. Share learning products with others.
  11. 11. The steps of project-based inquiry lessons: Ask a compelling question and activate prior knowledge. Investigate and analyze resources, information and knowledge. Synthesize what was learned and create products of learning. Share learning products with others. Reflect on the learning experience and revise products of learning.
  12. 12. Promotes deeper levels of thinking and analysis and pushes the inquiry process to the next level. Why is project-based inquiry effective?
  13. 13. Structures reflection and self-monitoring triggers. Promotes deeper levels of thinking and analysis and pushes for inquiry process to the next level. Why is project-based inquiry effective?
  14. 14. Promotes deeper levels of thinking and analysis and pushes for inquiry process to the next level. Structures reflection and self-monitoring triggers Empowers students to take control of their learning and making self-directed learning the norm. Why is project-based inquiry effective?
  15. 15. Why is project-based inquiry effective? Promotes deeper levels of thinking and analysis and pushes for inquiry process to the next level. Structures reflection and self-monitoring triggers Empowers students to take control of their learning and making self-directed learning the norm. Transforms information into usable create-to-learn opportunities.
  16. 16. Let’s build a global PBI lesson! Begin with inspiration from any issue or topic, great or small, simple of complex. Let’s consider the world’s water as a topic for creating a student-led investigation.
  17. 17. Compelling questions: • Open up possibilities for many interdisciplinary connections. • Use open-ended questions and don’t begin with “who” or “when.” • Prompt answers that build on students’ prior knowledge. • Lead to more questions. Activate Activating strategies and activities introduce the topic and gauge students’ prior knowledge. Ask a compelling question
  18. 18. Examples for a global lesson on water  How does access to clean water differ depending on which region of the world you live in?  How do water and sanitation impact the health of people in different world regions?  What solutions are available for providing communities with sanitized water?  What are the relationships between water and agriculture?  How does access to clean water impact wildlife differently than humans? Questions to ASK Watch videos and access resources from sites like water.org. Assign infographics with facts on water, children, women, disease, sanitation and economics to small groups of students. Have groups discuss their assigned infographics and report to the class on the most interesting, surprising or important findings. ACTIVATE prior knowledge
  19. 19. Allow students to investigate the compelling question and explore the topic using a variety of print, online and interactive resources. Investigate and Analyze
  20. 20. Examples for a global lesson on water  Conduct an investigation on where your local water comes from.  Invite a local water official to visit or Skype with the class to talk about your community’s process for providing clean water.  Research and identify places in the world (including those close to home) that lack access to clean and safe water.  Explore connections between women and water around the world.  Research the effects of not having access to safe water.  Think about issues that landlocked countries face with regard to accessing clean water.  Brainstorm possible solutions to water issues around the world.  Learn ways to be an advocate for clean water in your community and beyond.
  21. 21. Encourage students to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic by creating products of their learning. Synthesize and Create
  22. 22. Examples for a global lesson on water  Video presentations, posters or pamphlets on specific water issues.  Persuasive letters to a government official about water- related concerns.  A water filter built by the class.  Voice threads sharing research on safe water in your community.  Creation of advocacy campaigns via social media. (Use live social media or our templates.)  An organized debate on a specific water issue.
  23. 23. Allow students to share their learning products with others, including: • Your school community. • Families, community guests or local groups. • The world (via a class blog, Skype or Facetime). Share and Summarize
  24. 24. Reflections provide opportunities for students to absorb their learning experiences and revise learning products.  What else would students like to learn?  Have students’ thoughts and opinions on the topic changed?  What suggestions do they have for other students who may study the same topic?  Reflections also allow you to consider what went well and what you might do differently when you teach the lesson again.  Peer evaluations  Assessment rubrics Reflect and Revise Evaluate student learning through formative and summative assessments. Possibilities include:  Journal or blog entries  Group discussions
  25. 25. Interested in learning more about PBI or on building global lesson plans? VIF’s Global Gateway shows teachers how to incorporate global aspects into everyday instruction. Learn more: www.viflearn.com/waterdaytpt
  26. 26. Sign up for VIF today! Sign up for free at www.viflearn.com Join a community of global-minded educators who share ideas, success stories, and lesson plans.

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