PBL TASKS


   Middle school students will work with different levels of PBL projects. Level I is a short term project, completed in class, and Level II or III are a long term projects, completed at home. 
Level I targets 21st century skills within the context of the curriculum, while Levels II & III allow for the application and further development of these critical skills.

    In each core subject, English, Math, Social Studies, and Science, middle school students will complete at least one PBL project in class each semester. Some of the major features of the Level I PBL projects are outlined below.

Level I
  • The projects are based on the standards covered within the context of the curriculum as described by the scope and sequence of the course. 
  • The projects are conducted as in-class group projects. Student groups of 3-4 students are recommended. 
  • The time required for completion of projects should be no more than one week. 
  • PBL teacher guides and training for effective planning and integration of the PBL projects into the curriculum will be provided at the start of the school year. 
  • Relevant information, timelines, documents, assessment rubrics and guidance for the successful completion of projects will be provided by the teachers to their students in a timely manner. 
  • Upon completion of project, students are expected to produce a three dimensional display as well as a digital presentation of their work. 
  • Project assessment will be completed in each of the core content areas by the respective teachers using provided rubrics.
In addition to the Level I projects (see previous section), students will complete either a Level II or a Level III PBL/STEM research project based on math, science or engineering content. Some of the major features of  these projects are: 

Level II

  • Students may work with a partner and will complete the majority of work at home.
  • Topics may be assigned by the teacher. 
  • Teachers will have a menu of Level II projects in the PBL website. 
  • A narrated digital presentation will be prepared as an end product. 
  • Students with Level II projects will be asked to participate in DISTCO, and may use variety of digital software available for their presentation (MovieMaker, WeVideo, iVideo, etc.).
  • Project tasks assessment will be completed in by the subject teacher using provided rubrics.

Level III
  • Projects can be completed individually or in groups of 2-3 students.  
  • The teacher may offer help in selecting a project focus or question at the beginning of school year, but the student is responsible for choosing a topic and developing the project. 
  • Upon completion of projects, students will be expected to participate in a science or STEM fair event 
  • Project tasks assessment will be completed in by the subject teacher using provided rubrics.
 In high school there are three different levels of PBL projects. Level I is a short term project and Level II and III are long term projects. Level I targets 21st century skills within the context of the curriculum, Levels II and III allow the application and development of these critical skills. All students will complete Level I projects. Students may complete either a project from a set of Level II whose handouts are prepared by the STEM SOS PBL team or they can come with their project ideas and driven question as a Level III project .

Level I 

  • Math, English, and Social Studies' students will complete one PBL Level 1 project in each semester (Total two PBL Level 1 projects per year).
  • The projects are based on the standards covered within the context of the curriculum as described by the scope and sequence of the course. 
  • The projects are conducted as in-class group projects. Student groups of 3-4 students are recommended. 
  • The time required for completion of projects should be no more than one week. 
  • PBL teacher guides and training for effective planning and integration of the PBL projects into the curriculum will be provided at the start of the school year. 
  • Relevant information, timelines, documents, assessment rubrics and guidance for the successful completion of projects will be provided by the teachers to their students in a timely manner. 
  • Upon completion of project, students are expected to produce a report of their work and digital presentation of the project. 
  • Project assessment will be completed in each of the core content areas by the respective teachers using provided rubrics. 
Level II (Pilot 2013-14) 

In addition to the Level I project described above, each student will complete one interdisciplinary PBL/STEM type project. These STEM projects also contain integrated Social Studies and ELA components. Some of the major features of the Level II PBL projects are outlined below. 
  • The projects are completed individually. 
  • The project focus or question will be selected by the student from a list of 20-25 investigations in STEM Subjects. This list of topics of study will be provided by the teacher at the beginning of school year. 
  • Students will begin project work in the first semester and work will continue through the second semester. 
  • Relevant information, timelines, documents, assessment rubrics and guidance for the successful completion of projects will be provided to students in a timely manner by their teachers. 
  • Communication between students and teachers throughout the project will occur via a Google site specifically created for this purpose. 
  • Upon completion of project, students are expected to present their findings through a short presentation video and/or web content. 
  • Project assessment will be completed in each of the content areas (STEM, social studies, ELA, and technology) by the respective teachers using provided rubrics. 
Level III

Level III projects are options for students who like the challenge of creating and conducting their own project. Some of the major features of the Level III PBL projects are outlined below. 

  • Level III projects are multidisciplinary. These projects will incorporate and address each core content area using integrated technology. 
  • The content and quality of project must be appropriate for high school and deserving of advanced credit. 
  • The project must follow ethical guidelines and must be conducted using fairly accessible materials. 
  • Parameters of the project such as driving question, guidelines and expectations will be drawn up collaboratively between student and teacher. 
  • Relevant information, timelines, documents, assessment rubrics and guidance for the successful completion of projects will be provided to students in a timely manner by their teachers. 
  • Project assessment will be completed in each of the content areas (STEM, social studies, ELA, and technology) by the respective teachers using provided rubrics.