Problem Based Learning
Making Science Relevant to Students

RESOURCES

What is a PBL?

Problem based learning is a method of instruction which is student centered. It allows the student to work on a real world situation which incorporates multiple disciplines and differentiation of learning style. The student is "in control" as the teacher guides the learning by funneling the questions so that they relate to the relevant state/national standards from which the objective of the lesson has been created.

Basic Steps for Classroom PBL

  • Read PBL Part 1 as a class, using role cards and taking parts of script
  • Record Facts and Questions Individually
  • Divide up into PBL groups (cooperative learning group guide)
  • Brainstorm Facts and Questions
  • Research (Could be in the form of a Jigsaw, Think Pair Share or Other Toolbox Method)
  • Read PBL Part 2, as a class, using role cards and taking parts of script
  • Record more Questions
  • Inquiry Lab Activity
  • Read PBL Part 3, as a class, using role cards and taking parts of script
  • Report (Could be a PowerPoint, Pamphlet, MovieMaker Presentation, Poster Presentation, Quiz
 

Current PBL's Available
for Living Environment

 

Neurotransmission Receptor Molecules
Membrane Transport


Mad Honey

 

Ecology
Food Chains
Effect of Environmental Change


Hurricane Wilma And The Owls

 

DNA Structure
DNA Extractopm
Simulated DNA Analysis
Understanding Proof of Paternity


Who's the Daddy?

PowerPoint: Who's The Daddy?

 

Transcription and Translation
Enzyme Action

 

The Blue People of Kentucky

 

A PBL on Killer Bees

Cell Structure
Mitochondria
Selective Breeding
Evolution


 

Moving To Gilbert, Nevada

Teacher Instructions

PBL Scenario, Facts and Questions

Movie

Vocabulary Review

Article

 

 

Cell Division

Quick Guide

Complete Lesson Plan

 

The Case of the Dividing Cell
(Adapted from UB Case Studies by Tara Spitzer)

The Case of the Dividing Cell
(Adaped from UB Case Studies by Tara Spitzer)

Role Cards (print first)

The Case of the Dividing Cell Part I

Sockosome Mitosis

Worksheet for Sockosome Mitosis

The Case of the Dividing Part II

Quick Guide

Complete Lesson Plan

A PBL adapted from the University of Buffalo Case Studies Web Site.

The adaptations and additions to this PBL were made in order to make the PBL more usable for High School inclusion classes and general education classes.

 

 

Environmental Science

Human Impact on the Environment

 

 

My Environment, My Health, My Choices: Creek PBL

A sample PBL unit based on a community that was polluted years ago and is now facing an extensive clean up effort.

 

 

 

Osmosis and Diffusion

 

Water Intoxication PBL: Hold Your Wii For A Wii

 

Genetic Disease VHL

 

Postion Paper on the Hatfields and McCoys

Students read about the historic aspects of the Hatfield and McCoy feud and then research a genetic disease (VHL) which may or may not have contributed to conditions in family members and the feud. Students write a position paper regarding their research.

 

 

Brine Shrimp Mystery

 

Understanding the Mysteries of the Great Salt Lake PBL

PowerPoint Presentation

PDF Version of PowerPoint