The card is called, Pandemic! where students are challenged to predict and stop the world’s next catastrophic disease.
I’m excited about this card because, like all great Project Based Learning, it’s rooted in reality. We will have another large-scale pandemic; in fact, some say that there are small-scale beginnings occurring right now in several places in the world.
I’ve shown this card to Science teachers who are excited to use it to help kids understand bacteria and viruses. I’ve seen Math teachers giddy (yes, giddy) with the real-life application of statistics and number-crunching that is involved here. I’ve even, as recently as today, had High School Geography teachers jumping at the chance to use this project to hook kids into looking deeper into the climate and living conditions across continents.
These teachers are just beginning to see that once kids get hooked into this Pandemic! project, there are many ways to have the learning progress.
Will students create room-sized models of cells to see how the pathogen will affect humans and animals? Will they be creating real Public Service Announcements to help people learn how to protect themselves? Is is a great way to learn Geography or is it an engaging way to learn Health and Wellness? It is Science or is it English Language Arts? The answer to all those questions is YES!
The truth is this PBL recipe card (and all the rest of our 49 LifePractice PBL recipe cards) is a perfect way to plant seeds in your mind about how to engage your kids in learning. To help our kids to not just be students sitting in the classroom, but in becoming active participants in their own education, and active participants in our world. It’s more than school. It’s LifePractice Learning.
Let us know how you incorporated these ideas to hook your kids deeper into learning!