- Due Dates & Explanation– with the Sustainability Project
May 3: Brainstorm – Make it Rain — Brainstorm and Decide Environmental Problem / Solution
See May 3 Blog Post for details, websites used for ideas,..
May 4-5: Students / partners made final decision regarding the environmental problem that you would like to solve, and made some solutions suggestions. Solutions should be much more than “picking up trash.” They should include science-based surveys that generate data, or 7th grade science level experiments, or research that also generates data about your problem, or working models,…. Higher level thinking: apply, analyze, evaluate and create/design.
May 4-5 (homework): First Contact of Professionals associated with your problem & solution. You should refer to and use the letter that I wrote for you to start off your explanation (Blog Post: May 4-5, also listed below). Be specific: what do you need? How can they help you to solve the problem? This is due May 10.
- Contacting a Business, Nature Center, Maintenance Supervisor, or other Professional:
- Who will you need to contact?
- Will you contact them by gmail, in person, or by phone?
- Do you know what to say?
A good start is …
Hello, our names are _____, ___, _____. We are working on a Sustainability Project in Seventh Grade Science. This is a Problem-Based Learning project– we have to solve a problem that relates to Environmental Science. We are able to choose the problem, design a solution and determine the best method to solving this problem.
We are contacting you because ______________________ (explain what your problem is and why you need their help. Tell them the date or location or materials that you need from them– any of the details).
We appreciate your time and help. If you could email us back (PLEASE give them your emails, even if you are talking to them in person!), our emails are: —— —— —–.)
When we have completed this project, we will contact you with our results and data. We will also have a presentation date later in May, that you are also welcome to attend.
Thank you for your consideration, time and help.
_____, _____, _____
May 10: You and your partner complete Page 2, questions 3-4-5: Method & Materials. I checked —–> First Contact of Professionals associated with your problem & solution. This should be done.