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Friday, May 31, 2013

Awesome ideas for our project and lots of work today!

And even more coming, this exhibit at the Austin Public Library that opens tomorrow explores all avenues of early Austin food, including what food was indeed local, how food was prepared, how and where people shopped for food, what it cost, and where people went out to eat.  !!!
Fits like a glove!

Exploring our authentic audience options

Am keeping my fingers crossed!  I just emailed Chid Nutrition Services to ask them for their collaboration with this project.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

TEKS Party!

Selecting and aligning the TEKS that are going to be addressed through our project is a enlightening task!
It has make me reflect on the need for Science TEKS to be a part of this amazing experience. We are investing such a great amount of time, effort, money and human resources. The learning is going to be huge in Math, language Arts, Social Studies an Health, but it needs to be some Elementary Science too.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Video/Image Resources for the Flood


We searched for various videos/images to flood students with before they get into groups to carry out their own mind mapping activity.  Our idea was to use QR codes as the instrument to initially expose students to this concept.  Teachers will carry out a mind mapping activity at the beginning to model the process. 


Super Size Me Intro

Super Size Surgeon General clip

What are Chicken Nuggets made of?

Pros and Cons of Vegan Diets for kids

Calories and Nutrition Facts Cartoon

Why we gain weight

Little Chef

4th Grader Documentary

.gov
http://challenge.gov/search?utf8=&terms=food

Amazing Junk Food Facts

25 Amazing Food Facts

Families that eat together, stay together
Fast food nation



Topics for Daily Reflection

When we met today we talked about how important it is for students to reflect each day.  We considered topics to reflect on and want to offer sentence stems to help students get started with their reflecting.  Below we are including possible topics for students to reflect on:

-What learning did I acquire today?
-What learning do I still need?
-How did I contribute to the work my group is doing?
-How did I collaborate with others?
-What are my next steps?
-What can I do to improve on my collaborative skills?
-What type of technology needs do I/my group have?

Timeline of Activities

While meeting today, we decided it would be a good idea to create a timeline of dates certain tasks would need to be completed in order for everyone to stay on track and meet the final deadline for presenting findings to the targeted audience.  Below is the start of the timeline we created:

Week 1
Day 1: Problem Statement and Groups identified
            -Teambuilding
            -Entry Event (Video/Image Flood, Mind Mapping 2x-group/individual, self-guided exploration)
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 2: Presentation Format
            -Teambuilding
            -Lesson on Technology Apps/Resources (through the use of QR Codes)
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading           
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 3: Target Audience narrowed/identified
            -Lesson on how to receive and give feedback
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 4: Plan of Action & Timeline
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems

Week 2
Day 5: Possible Field Trip
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 6:
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 7:
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 8:
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems

Week 3
Day 9: Possible Field Trip (Leander Public Library)
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 10:
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 11: Data pertaining to presentation
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 12: 
            -Math Workshop
            -LA Workshop
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems

Week 4
Day 13: Create Presentations
            -Review Lesson on how to receive and give feedback
            -Math Workshop (final)
            -LA Workshop (final)
            -Technology Tips
            -Read Aloud 
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 14: Presentation Rehearsals
            -Read Aloud
            -Silent Sustained Reading
            -Reflection w/sentence stems
Day 15: Presentations
            -Reflection based on feedback received/given
Day 16: Presentations
            -Reflection based on feedback received/given

Student Menu

During the course of the four weeks, students wil be expected to choose several topics from each category in preparation for the presentation product:

Language Arts: 4 or more
Math topics: 4 or more
Technology: 3 or more
Science and Social Studies: 1-2 or more

Language Arts (Reading & Writing)                        Science                      

-  Personal Narrative                                                                                          -  Matter
-  Letters/Emails/Formal Invitations                                                                   -  Earth Science
-  Reflections (non-negotiable)
-  Expository Texts
-  Persuasive                                                                                                      Social Studies  
-  Procedural
-  Diary/Journal                                                                                                   -  Demographics
-  Identify if read                                                                                                 -  Map Skills


Math                                                                         Technology                                                                                                  

-  Graphs/tables                                                                                                     -  Blogs
-  Timelines                                                                                                           -  QR codes
-  Pictographs                                                                                                        -  Google Docs
-  Number lines                                                                                                     -  Face time
-  Conversions (units)                                                                                           -  Glogster Edu
-  Budgets (with operations)                                                                                 -  iMovie
-  Writing checks for variety of cash transactions                                                 -  App store/create
                                                                                                                             -  Prezi/Powerpoint
                                                                                                                             -  Edmoto
                                                                                                                             -  Poll Everywhere














Thursday, May 16, 2013

Developing Driving Question and Entry Event

After some discussion, we tried using the template on page 39 of the BIE PBL book.  How can we as LISD Elementary students, develop a lunch menu that is healthy, cost effective and delicious to propose to the LISD chef menu improvement team?

Super size me, other surprising videos about food.  Pictures of actual food from the cafeteria. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

OBAMA promotes Redesign of schools through PBL


We’ve also got to start rethinking and redesigning America’s high schools.  That's part of what’s happening here is there’s innovation going on that equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy.  There’s a lot of hands-on learning here.  People aren’t just sitting at a desk reading all the time.  Reading is important.  I’m a big reader.  But part of what makes this place special is, is that there’s all this integration of various subjects and actual projects, and young people doing and not just sitting there listening, so we’ve got to reward schools like this one that focus on the fields of the future -- (applause) -- schools that focus on the fields of the future, use technology effectively to help students learn, and are also developing partnerships with local colleges and businesses so that a diploma here leads directly to a good job.—Obama, Manor New Tech High School, May 9, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Audience, menu, and field trip ideas


The plan is starting to take shape.

It helps me to consider the audience for the final product(s).  For the first product, Students could create a “pitch” to propose their idea for the new or improved restaurant, they could do market research by delivering pitch to parents, other summer school students and teachers and collect data on their opinions
If it is an improvement to existing restaurant, they could pitch the idea to the actual restaurant or maybe we can find a local restaurant owners assoc.

For the second, it seems pretty clear that the LISD chefs would be the audience. :)

More menu ideas:
What countries/cultures do LISD students come from? and what do students in these countries eat for lunch?  How does that menu compare to the food offered in LISD school cafeteria?

I do have a couple of questions that concern me... Fast food restaurants and the grocery store are not "new" to students. Can we come up with some places to visit that will be new experiences for them? 





Friday, May 3, 2013

Theme Idea

Theme/Topic:
-Food For Thought
-OMG!  Food can do that to me?

Possible Driving Questions:
 -How does culture influence what people eat? 
 -How does food impact society, our life styles, our bodies?

Connection to our logo: Mouse reaching for the cheese :o)  (good one Noe)

As a team, we began a mind map with the central focus being FOOD.  We all brainstormed and wrote every idea that related to the central idea of food and nutrition.  The results ranged from:
-world hunger 
-obesity
-food as a multi-million dollar industry
-nutritional value
-being wasteful with school

 After looking at the ideas, we started looking at potential field trips we could take and also special guests that we could invite
for information through a "professional lens/insight." 

Two problems (1st 2 weeks) that we considered:
-Watch a video that will hook students regarding fast food and 
   its effects on children.  
1.  Students will study and compare the various aspects of fast food:
 -its nutritional value
-cost 
-accessibility 
-where the ingredients come from (geography)
-using surveys to seek info
-investigating its health effects
-exercise 

2. Students will create a healthy menu and present it to LISD's nutritional services:
-review available food options
- cost
-nutritional value
-aesthetic value of the food




We generated a list of possible activities for choice menus students will work on:
-create a map of fast food locations found in a selected city
-interview fast food customers about why and where they choose to eat.
-keep a dietary journal to track your calorie in-take for several days and create a graph with the data
-generate a list of questions that will support your project to be posed to guest speaker
-mileage log for 1st field trip, how much spent on gas-gallons/gas price based on mpg of a school bus.
-create a healthy food guide that informs child readers of calories
-design an artistic masterpiece with food
-write a letter to a local fast food place recommending changes that would attract patrons

Work in Progress---Proposed Daily Schedule
The team was interested in thinking out the schedule for the day.  This is what we have in mind, at this point.

1. Breakfast -7:30-8
2. Team building (for at least the 1st 2 days)
3. Introductions to the problem---discussions, videos, articles, 
    pictures 
4. Team meeting---what questions do you have?  What options for 
     resources and presentations would you like?  What learning will 
     you need in order to move forward with your project:  math, 
     language arts, technology?---all of this info is posted on our 
     "Project Wall"---Teacher should include all
      details/pics/challenges on the Blog.
 5. New Learning (workshop times)---teachers coming in, will   
      provide instruction on student needs or challenge  
 6.  Physical Exercise/Specials?
 7.  Read Aloud---reflections for writing/comprehension 
 8.  Project time
 9.  New Learning (workshop times)---teachers coming in, will 
      provide instruction on student needs or challenge 
 10. Team debriefs about their time lines/End of the day

*Students not needing the workshop would continue with research time.




Thursday, May 2, 2013

Traveling Cooking &Technology

Finally met with all Westside summer PBL students today to complete the surveys.  Most students were interested in the subject of cooking  and cooking related topics (like building/designing, creating menus and cooking for restaurants/bakeries) throughout all grade levels.  Technology and traveling were at the top of their lists as well.  A big worry for this group was "bullying."

Traveling  Cooking Technology



Sounds like the perfect combination for new, relevant learning for our students!