PROJECT BASED

LEARNING
GALILEO SPRING 2015
TEACHER LEADER: Klaressa L. Howery
Title: Cuisine Critics

PROJECT SUMMARY
• English Language Learner students become “food
critics” for a social media site as they experience
dining at a local restaurant. Students read other
opinions, explore menus, produce an online
review, and evaluate the value of the goods and
services purchased in this unfamiliar restaurant.
Each team presents their review for evaluation to
the editor before publication to social media.

SIGNIFICA
NT
CONTENT
Common Core
Standards: Grade
6 Writing

• Production and Distribution of Writing:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the
development, organization, and style are
appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
(Grade-specific expectations for writing types are
defined in standards 1-3 above.)
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.5
With some guidance and support from peers and
adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed
by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying
a new approach. (Editing for conventions should
demonstrate command of Language standards 13 up to and including grade 6 here.)
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce
and publish writing as well as to interact and
collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient
command of keyboarding skills to type a
minimum of three pages in a single sitting.

How can my opinions
shape the decisions
of myself and others?
***DRIVING QUESTION***

NEED TO KNOW









*CERC*
Claim: Students need to formulate an opinion.
Evidence: Students need to gather information.
Reasoning: Students need to present supporting details.
Conclusion: Students need to reinforce their claim.
*PUBLISHING*
Students need to access the internet to interact and
collaborate with others.
*SOCIAL STUDIES*
Students need to differentiate between Goods vs Services.
*MATH*
Students need to calculate unit costs and cost per servings.

21ST CENTURY COMPETENCIES
COLLABORATION
• AcceptsSKILLS
the shared
responsibility of the
group: helps improve
the quality of the work
and understanding of
the other members.
• Respects the ideas,
opinions, abilities,
values, and feelings of
the other group
members.

21ST CENTURY COMPETENCIES
CRITICAL THINKING &
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS

• Gathers pertinent
information from a variety
of sources: evaluates the
quality of information
(source, validity, bias).
• Organizes, analyzes, and
synthesizes information to
develop well reasoned
conclusions and solutions,
judging them against
relevant criteria

STUDENT
LEARNING &
THEIR
FEEDBACK

MY LEARNING FROM…
PLANNING PBL

• Identifying the needs
of EL students
• Stay focused on
driving question and
avoid “string of
activities under a
common theme.”

MY LEARNING FROM…
IMPLEMENTING PBL
• Guiding vs Giving: When
groups struggle…How
much is too much?

• Students see how school
connects to the outside
world by making learning
relevant and meaningful.

DRIVING QUESTION: How can my opinions
shape the decisions of myself and others?