BIE Search

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!

http://connectedcalifornia.org/downloads/curriculum/GoodEats_CA.pdf

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4 thoughts on “BIE Search”

  1. I agree I really liked the Buck Institute website, there are an unlimited amount of resources that is easy to access. I think it’s going to be a really important resource to have. I like that you choose this topic on obesity, I agree that students should learn and understand the consequences of eating unhealthy. I went through the lesson plan, that you linked up, you are right it doesn’t seem to hard. I think the hardest part is to change a student mind set or give them that bit of encouragement that staying healthy can be fun and easy. This assignment really shows that, which is great for any teacher. I like that PBL’s give students roles and that you have to participate in these roles. For example, the nutritionist would look at all the research from his or her position and would have to determine for the group on how to eat better. PBL’s give students a chance to change their character and play around, which could make them more engaged and eager to work harder on the assignment.

  2. I also found the Buck Institute Website to be a wonderful resource site for any type of project. The topic on obesity that you chose has become quite a critical subject on many media, including internet and television. The one thing that you mention that is somehow unique is that students should learn and comprehend the consequences of eating unhealthy. This is important to students as well as the rest of the society. I have to say that I am obese at this time. Most of my friends who were with me in the military (United States Army), tell me I have gained a lot of weight. I also have some medical issues received from active duty, but I am still getting taken care off. However I am staying healthy as much as I get time to be active. It is important to be active as this is part of being healthy. Project-Based Learning allows us to divide tasks that allows us to participate in various avenues that make us keep focused given project(s). In our given features, we can adapt to the given paths to give us opportunities to be independent. In you analysis of obesity, a person in the nutritional field would find this resource quite informative and can somehow provide guidance to her group or partners into eating healthy. The Buck Institute is really a significant feature for us and I found it much easier to navigate in such of science-based projects. See my Blog: http://kararamuhoro.wordpress.com

  3. I also found the Buck Institute Website to be a wonderful resource site for any type of project. The topic on obesity that you chose has become quite a critical subject on many media, including internet and television. The one thing that you mention that is somehow unique is that students should learn and comprehend the consequences of eating unhealthy. This is important to students as well as the rest of the society. I have to say that I am obese at this time. Most of my friends who were with me in the military (United States Army), tell me I have gained a lot of weight. I also have some medical issues received from active duty, but I am still getting taken care off. However I am staying healthy as much as I get time to be active. It is important to be active as this is part of being healthy. Project-Based Learning allows us to divide tasks that allows us to participate in various avenues that make us keep focused given project(s). In our given features, we can adapt to the given paths to give us opportunities to be independent. In you analysis of obesity, a person in the nutritional field would find this resource quite informative and can somehow provide guidance to her group or partners into eating healthy. The Buck Institute is really a significant feature for us and I found it much easier to navigate in such of science-based projects. See my Blog: http://kararamuhoro.wordpress.com

  4. The Buck Institute site was so useful for finding units on almost anything! I was actually thinking of doing my unit of a health matter as well because it’s so important that students start at an early age with exercising and eating right. Obesity is a huge nation problems and causes so many health issues. I liked the roles that students could play it really helps them interact and learn more by specifically working on one part. I wish I had this unit in high school it would have been really interesting and fun! I look forward to seeing your webquest!

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