7th Science Rocks!

Sustainability Projects & Showcase

Problem – Based Learning:  Which Problem Will You Solve?

  1.  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.

  1.  Contacting a Business, Nature Center, Maintenance Supervisor, or other Professional:
  2.  Who will you need to contact?
  3.   Will you contact them by gmail, in person, or by phone?
  4.  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.

May 12- 15 :  Answer back to contact’s emails and phone calls;  map of area/businesses/ land that is involved with your problem & solution; plan the dates and times that your team will meet to work on the Action – solving the problemMay 10 & 15 : In class: Decide how you and your partner will complete “Action Steps” of your projects:  this is when you should run any experiments or trials to test your problem/try to find your solution—-   OR   Go to the business or Nature Center or location that your  project revolves around  —– OR  make your model to show your solution to your problem  —— OR run your survey to check what people know about your project – the problem that you are trying to solve…..  WHAT ACTION is your group taking to solve your problem???May  15 – 25 –  All Results of your Actions should be recorded on page 3 (#5 and # 6) of your Action Plan WS.  What happened?  What were the results?  What did you do next?  Record data on a table or chart or graph; draw a design, or map or diagram,… Take pictures of the action.  Build a working model, run experimental trials,… and take pictures.  May 30 – 31 – Google Slides  Summary completed about your projects, the experiment, working model, activities, and the problem that you and your partner solved.  Documentation with photos, graphs, tables, charts.

Guidelines for the Sustainability Showcase Google.slides
Slide 1: Project Title; student names

Slide 2: Environmental Problem OR Purpose Statement OR Focus of the Project.  [1-2 sentences, larger font]

Slides 3-4-5-……. Picture- Slides: slides with your photos documenting your actions and experiments and working models….  These slides should have a title or label (but you do not need to write paragraphs!).  If you use photos from the internet, make sure to note URL’s- state your references.

Slides 6-7—….  Graphs?  Data Tables?  Charts?  Diagrams?  Maps?  Make sure you have a title, labels, correct capitalization, correct units, ….

Last slide or two:  Summary of the project, or conclusion of your experiment.  What did you learn and how did you partner with the community?  Keep these slides short, clear, and to the point. ( 1-2 sentences- per slide).


June 1  – Sustainability Center Open House Night   6:30-8:00pm  Groups Present their projects at school to members of the community, parents, other students and environmental professionals.

Students arrive 6:15-6:20pm.  Student groups set up their laptops in the Media Center.


Sustainability Showcase Invitation:  shared with you May 25!         

Please make a copy and either email or drop it off to your contacts- people in the community who helped you with your project, or others who answered your questions and worked with you.    Make sure you write a “thank you” note and sign the paper/email.  Personally invite these people to  the Showcase.


PARENT LETTER  please share by MAY 25….

Dear Parents,

By now your son or daughter has verbally invited you and/or sent an email to the AMS Sustainability Center Showcase this coming Thursday evening, June 1st.  Some parents have asked how important is this event.  Please allow me to share some additional facts about this project-based learning activity and final open house.

The students have been working on the Google.20% projects now for over 5 weeks.  This means that they have been participating in the brainstorming, researching, collaborating, analyzing results and concluding the work associated with their projects at least one out of every five classes.  Students also completed their activities – the Action Steps – of the projects outside of class, so this has been a large undertaking.   This is an example of Project-Based Learning, in which the student groups identified an environmentally themed problem, decided which method they should try to solve the problem and then they looked back to analyze their problem solving.  

These projects entailed students connecting with their local community.  Most of the student groups contacted area businesses, Allendale Township offices, school officials, nature centers, state and county parks and other organizations as they enlisted the support and knowledge of the concepts associated with their projects.  

Students will create a short Google.Slides presentation to showcase their problems, actions and solutions to their projects.  Students will be sharing these presentations and their projects with parents, other students, community members, students currently environmental education in their studies at area colleges and other adults interested in sustainability and environmental issues.  This evening is a showcase of the work that the students have completed, and it gives the students an opportunity to answer questions associated with their projects.

Students should arrive at AMS Media Center with their fully charged laptops between 6:15 and 6:20pm.  The Sustainability Open House will run from 6:30 until 8:00pm.  Please plan on dropping off and picking up your son/daughter in the East Parking Lot or the Loop in the front of the School.

The students have worked hard and have learned so much from the problems they have tackled with Sustainability and Environmental issues.  I am proud of them.

Thank you for your support and help with this Second Annual Sustainability Showcase.


Ms. Chris Kelly



2 thoughts on “Sustainability Projects & Showcase

  1. thanks for putting up the notes and could u post some of the notes from last year please

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