I found the Buck Institute for Education to be a really useful site for what we have planned in our class. There were a lot of good ideas for project based learning, especially for the topic I chose which was preventing child obesity. One resource I found was titled “Good Eats” and was a unit full of lessons that cover different subjects such as Health Science, English Language, and much more. The essential question for this unit is “Should we care about what we eat? Why?” The unit is split into 3 sections, each with about 5 lessons in each section. The first and third section are very similar as they deal with chemistry, algebra, and the other logical thinking parts of the brain. The second section deals with the relationship of english language and world history. It even has a section on Spanish 1 for some reason!
What I really liked about this unit is that it could be extremely useful because of how detailed it is. It even provides the look of the worksheets you will use. This unit could be given to a substitute and they should have no problems instructing students with what they need to do. I would have liked to have found something a little less complex for an elementary, because this unit is designed for the high school level. The topic is child obesity, but obesity still occurs when people are older so perhaps this unit can still try to help prevent future complications with weight and help students like a healthier lifestyle.
What is also helpful in this is that they broke the class into certain roles such as the nutritionist, genetic counselor, and a few more. There are some science experiments that would require some tubes, solutes, and suctions, but all the worksheets are provided in the unit. If you’d like to check it out for yourself use the link below!