Enhancing Science Literacy in the Classroom: How does project based learning affect student’s understanding of science literacy in science? By: Vanessa Filosa
What is project based learning?• In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge.• Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills: – Collaboration – Communication – Critical thinking
Purpose of the Research Topic• The purpose of my literature review is to determine how using project based learning in a classroom could help increase student’s deep understanding of science literacy in the classroom.• Teaching to students to solve real world scenarios in a project based environment.• Will these materials help enhance the student’s understanding and use of difficult vocabulary words, reading comprehension, text based questions, and applications to real world scenarios?
Framework• Teaching relevance between the Common Core Curriculum and real world topic by engaging students in learning about possible future careers in science.• Bringing relevance into learning: Through local custom productions, students can see an even greater relevance to their learning as it applies to parts of their local community.• Teaching student how to read text, understand literacy, and access prior knowledge.
? Essential Question ?• How does collaboration impact the design process?• How do new innovations advance our knowledge?• Technological design is a creative process that anyone can do which may result in new inventions and innovations.
Big Idea !• One of the major goals of science reform today is that of scientific literacy for all students.• In recent years there has been an increased awareness of the need to incorporate science firmly throughout the elementary curriculum to insure that this goal of scientific literacy is met.
Implementation• I will have 25 students in one classroom complete both a performance task and a literacy task for one chapter. I will have another classroom of 25 students who will not participate with these activities. – Performance task: Challenge student to create work products based on specific scenarios. – Literacy task: Provide students with an informative and argumentative prompt where students write products based on the reading and understanding of provided resources and vocabulary.
Performance Task It is the year 2030!• Your task is to create and design a rover capable of safely transporting astronauts as they explore Mars! Your challenge is to create a design team and facilitate the engineering design process. The team will also need to utilize simulation to demonstrate to NASA how the rover will navigate the Martian landscape, based upon the directions from mission control.• Hint: You should create a team for the spacecraft and a team for mission control.
Literacy Task• Have student’s research how astronauts train for missions• Have students research past space explorations - Missions to the moon - Missions to the international space station - Current events: Jump from space
Resources• http://engageny.org/resource/common-core-shifts• http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/common-core-sample-questions/• Hand, Brian, Chris Lawrence, and Larry D. Yore. "A Writing in Science Framework Designed to Enhance Science Literacy." International Journal of Science Education21.10 (1999): 1021-035. Print.• Guthrie, John, Peggy Van Meter, Ann Dacey McCann, Allan Wigfield, Lois Bennett, Carol Poundstone, Mary Ellen Rice, Frances Faibisch, Brian Hunt, and Ann Mitchell. "Growth of Literacy Engagement: Changes in Motivations and Strategies During Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction." Reading Research Quarterly 31.3 (1996): 306-32. Print.