Getting Organized

Yes! Justin Bieber fans and a Body Building Competition were in Louisville the same time as the AECT conference.

Assessing Where We Are

Today, you should have identified your essential question(s) guiding the problem solving and critical thinking project. You should also have an anticipatory set/hook to guide the project.

If you have not created and shared a Google Site among your members, you will want to make sure to have this complete by the next class. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Share permissions within your site with your partner of group. You will want to make sure everyone is set as an “owner”. Here’s a video to help you choose the correct settings.
  • Make sure your navigation bar reflects the sections in the rubric: Author Introduction, Inquire, Hook, Organize, Explore, Show What you Know, Finding a Career, and Parent Teacher Letter – we may decide to edit these later.

Organizing the Investigation for Students

Today we’re going to create a way for students to organize information – this could be a KWL chart, a cause and effect chart, etc. It is best if it becomes a tool to help them navigate through all of the parts of the adventure – so they know where to go and what to do in each section.

This will serve as a “to do” list. Use age appropriate graphics. Let’s look at some ways to help students organize information. You may find something you like on this teacher site, you may choose to create an organizer using Dabbleboard, Webspiration, or even using Word. This is up to you and your group. You can also look at some examples from former projects, such as the money project, backyard project, or the examples on our blog.

After you’ve selected or created an organizer for your investigation, include a write up on your Google Site for students. Just posting an organizer isn’t enough. You need to write to the students, explaining what they are going to do with it. Do you want them to print it? If so, you need to tell them. Let’s take some time in class now to select/create an organizer and write directions for students.


Complete the graphic organizer and web page for this part of the project.

Project Schedule (Looking Ahead)

11/7 – Creating Exploration Activities for Students

11/9 – Creating ways for Students to Show What They Know

11/12 – Helping Students Find a Career/Parent-Teacher Letter

11/14 – Author Introduction Videos

11/16 – Workday for your group to finalize the Learning Adventure

11/19 – 11/23 – Thanksgiving Holiday

11/26 – 11/30 – Learning Adventures Showcase (Final Group Presentations) – I love this week!!! Plan to bring food!!!


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