Managing group projects can present many challenges for a teacher, such as “How do I get my students to collaborate and make decisions together?” or “What’s the easiest way to track students’ contributions?” Proper motivation along with clear communication play a key factor in their success. Discover how project-based learning can be optimized by taking an in-depth look at Implementing PBL with Project Pals – Ants Project.
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What’s the best way to tackle project management for group project-based learning? Project Pals provides the framework for creating and managing all of the tasks required in project-based learning (PBL). It simplifies the process so you can focus on student learning outcomes and personalize each project to adhere to state standards.
Project Pals’ Founder and CEO, Miriam Bogler, believes in building on the foundation of students’ core knowledge to complete their group projects. She founded Project Pals with her vision to create an inclusive project management platform for collaborative PBL. Bogler is a former technology teacher and instructional technology professional with over 20 years of experience in the field.
Project Pals enables you to enrich the scope of the Ants Project for your students by creating customized templates. This project allows students to display their knowledge and teamwork skills covering a specific species of ants. Students will work both independently and together to research, synthesize, and present their findings.
The Ants Project is inspired by the book Hey, Little Ant, by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. After you read the story to your students, everyone should participate in a class discussion. This is meant to encourage thoughtful questions and help students to understand the characters’ perspectives.
Afterward, students will be given the opportunity to explore the outdoor playground to investigate and observe any ants they may find. Scientific tools should be provided and used to record their observations. Students are more likely to be engaged in PBL when they have firsthand experience with the subject matter.
The Ants Project is included in the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) list for grades 2-5. Different standards are covered, depending on the grade level. You can refer to the primary grade level TPSP Assessment Rubric Overview for more information to help you determine how the project is evaluated.
Ants Project Optimization
The Ants Project is a great opportunity for students to learn about a local ant species while developing teamwork and problem-solving skills. Once they have chosen the species of ants to study, they will complete in-depth research about its anatomy, basic needs, behavior, life cycle, physical characteristics, and so on. Students will provide evidence in their research if the ants are harmful or invasive. Upon completion, students will determine whether their particular ant species should be controlled or protected.
When you are finished customizing the Ants Project, you’ll be able to assign it to your students. You can delegate specific teams within each class as you see fit. This particular project is for elementary students who may require more detailed instruction regarding their group responsibilities. Engaging students in group PBL is easy when they are involved in projects they’re passionate about.
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