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Elementary School Lesson Plans

Problem-based learning is a viable instructional strategy for the elementary grades.  Here, students have not yet developed the "discipline-area" mind set, unlike those students in middle or high schools. These older students view each subject area as discrete--they don't expect to use English skills in math class, for example. Elementary students, though, are more attuned to interdisciplinary teaching, so problem-based learning will feel more natural to them.

Lesson plans in elementary school are geared towards particular grade levels, first through fifth.


Pre-K & Kindergarten lesson plans

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  • Students Help Feed the Hungry of Bay County (Social Studies) - Kindergarten students from St. John Catholic School, Panama City, FL, will be given the opportunity to exhibit characteristics of good citizenship when they are asked to find solutions for a real life problem in their community – hunger. The hunger problem in Bay County will be addressed to the students by a guest speaker from the Homeless and Hunger Coalition of Bay County. The teacher will share recent news stories about the economy and hunger problem in the area. A letter will be sent home to the parents to inform them about the problem situation.
  • Local Students Building Our World, Geometrically Speaking - Students become architects, engineers, and builders who are to construct a miniature version of a large-scale subdivision. The architects, engineers, and builders will work together to create the miniature subdivision that will be placed on display for the general public to see in an upcoming “Show of Homes”. All of the homes being displayed will have to be completed by the architects, engineers, and builders within a two-week time frame to ensure the display will be ready in time for the show.

First Grade Lesson Plans

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  • Fitness Advisors Explore Ways to Practice Responsible Health Behaviors (Health) - Students become the problem solvers when they assume the roles of fitness advisors. The fitness advisors are employees of the Gadsden County School System, and have been enlisted to assist in eradicating the problem of obesity in children. They have been called upon to brainstorm some ideas that may eliminate this problem such as nutritional evaluations and exercise plans. Gadsden County School System Superintendent has sent a memorandum to the fitness advisors enlisting their help with minimizing the severity of the issue of obesity in children in the area.
  • Aiding the Survival of African Giraffes (Science) - The students will work in groups of three or four, with one student acting as the lead scientist and the other students working as his or her research assistants. The students will work as a task force, which has been assigned by the Protection of Wildlife Advisory Board to evaluate the constant threats that are being made to the survival of the giraffes in Africa. After evaluating these threats, the task force must then decide whether it would be more humane to keep the giraffes in their natural habitats, where they will be able to maintain their quality of life, or to relocate them to zoos or wildlife sanctuaries, where they will be watched and protected. The task force must come to a decision, which they will then present to the Protection of Wildlife Advisory Board.
  • Students Can Lead a Healthy Lifestyle (Health) - Students become members of a task force created by The United States Health Force. Santa Rosa County has been approached by The Coca-Cola Company. They would like to solve the budget deficit by funding the county with money in exchange for selling soda in the cafeteria. The USHF has determined that this is a problem that will increase severe health risk such as diabetes and obesity. The students will show how much sugar is in one can of soda and show the health risks. The students will come up with a solution so that the county can still get funding from The Coca-Cola Company and not cause health risk to the students. The students will try to design health risk labels that can possibly go on each can to show the health risks. USHF will hear their results no later than March 30, 2010. The Coca-Cola Company is trying to help Santa Rosa County by giving the schools money to cover the budget deficit. This is a wonderful opportunity for the county to improve our budget. The problem that we have with this is the high sugar level in each can of soda. Please determine the sugar level in each can and research placing health risk warning labels on each ca. We need to find a better solution so Coca-Cola will still help fund our schools. We will need a solution by March 30, 2010. In the meantime the United Sates Health Task Force will allow $600 to fund research on this problem. 
  • State Government and Concerned Citizens Sharing the Wonder for Florida's Parks (Social Studies) - The students acting as members of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Recreation and Parks, the Historical Society and the Department of Transportation, must determine two possible reasons and one solution to the decline of attendance at Torreya State Park.
  • The School Community Brings Order to the School House (Language Arts) - Students will be divided into teams of 3 or 4. The Principal will present a Memo to the class stating a new discipline plan is needed for the school. Students will divide the school into areas: classroom, library, hallway, cafeteria, ramps and bathroom. Each team will be given an area to create rules and consequences for that are. Within the team, each student will choose a role of student, parent, teacher or principal. After completing their research, each individual student will create a poster on glogster.com displaying the rules for their team’s area. The team will develop a commercial to advertise and promote their rules. PTO members, school board members, parents, the school resource officer, school personnel and fellow students will be invited to review and evaluate the poster gallery and commercials on the class website and/or on the morning announcements broadcast. Students will select 1 person from their team to present their team’s commercial to a panel made up of the guidance counselor, principal, SRO, school board member and PTO president.

Second Grade Lesson Plans

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  • Managing the School Store (Math) - Students become stockers and managers of the school store there by getting a first hand experience with mathematical skills of estimation and language arts dialogue between buyers and sellers. The students in Mrs. Huett’s class will participate in the panel discussion in order to convince the administration and parents of the positive effects this activity will have on their children’s academic growth. Through the use of charts and panel discussions decisions will be made about reorganizing, stocking and preparing for the reopening of the school store. They will have to justify their reasoning in order to prove the benefit it will have on the school at large and the donation that will be made to the community. 
  • Archaeologists Investigate Time Period of Discovered Coin (Social Studies) - Students assume one of the following roles; archaeologist , researcher, coin collector, historian, or librarian for the National archaeologist Society. A top archaeologist has recently found a vintage American coin and needs to know what presidential time frame the coin is from. The archaeologist sends the following memorandum and documents.
  • Science Department Installing Saltwater Aquarium at East Wood Elementary (Science) - Students become the faculty of East Wood Elementary School as they assume the role of developing a proposed plan for the new saltwater aquarium to be placed in the school. The faculty teams must devise a plan that stays within the given budget, provides a natural habitat for the marine life, and is practical for the school.
  • Spiders Fall: Entomologist Investigate Why (Science) - Students will act as local Entomologists investigating (why) the inordinate number of orb spiders in the local walking park to cause a temporary park closure.
  • Immigration and the New World (Social Studies) - In this lesson, students will act as history researchers in trying to determine the real reason immigrants wanted to come to the USA. They will discover the turmoil people went through and what they had to leave behind to start a new life in the new land. Each group will create a PowerPoint of at least 8 slides that will analyze who, what, when, and why concerning immigration. The groups will present their research findings to the journalists from TIME magazine, who are writing an article on this subject.
  • Your Community: What's Your Role? (Social Studies) - Students will assume the roles of concerned citizens in Panama City. The students will be divided into two groups “For the Grocery Store” and “For the Playground”. The mayor of Panama City, Bob Truck, will place an article in the “Panama City Times” that discusses plans to tear down the recess playing field at the students’ school, Panama City Elementary, and replace it with a grocery store, Feeds-a-Lot. The newspaper article announces that two weeks after the article is printed a “Community Forum” will be held for citizens to express their concerns and to vote on the plans.
  • Tallahassee Citizens Debate the Issue of Flavored Milk in Leon County Schools (Health) - Students will act as members of a Leon County Health Task Force who are trying to determine whether or not flavored milk should continue to be served in local schools. The students will play the roles of members of the local dairy council, school nutritionists, child obesity experts and parents. The Florida Board of Education has been proposing to ban the sale of flavored milk in all Florida schools. The Leon County Health Task Force has been created to review the facts, talk to local students and parents and then come up with possible solutions to this issue. The task force will present their solutions/recommendations to the Leon County School Board in two months on April 5, 2014.

Third Grade Lesson Plans

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  • Causes and Effects of Water Pollution - Students become the committee members when they assume the role of data collector supervisor, environmentalist, administrative assistant, and water quality examiner to find a possible solution to prevent water pollution in Bay County. The students will report to the Director of Environmental Protection regarding the best solution.
  • Saved by the Bell (Math) - The principal has decided that the class schedules of many classes are not efficient or organized correctly. To correct this problem, it has been decided that every class will follow the same schedule, which will be structured by a series of bells to mark the changing of classes, just like in secondary school. At this time, all teachers and their classes have been encouraged to submit ideas on how we would like the schedule to be written.
  • Scientists Discover Green Goop (Science) - The students will be broken up into groups of four, and there will five total groups. Within the groups the students will be assigned tasks which will require them to work together in order to accomplish their common goal. As scientist they will be responsible for making sure that all aspects of the experiment is covered. Two people in the group will be the observers, one person will be an experimenter and the last person will be the recorder. The students will be responsible for choosing and rotating their jobs.
  • Investigators Respond To Heat Wave in the Computer Lab (Language Arts) - Students will act as investigators and heating and cooling experts to determine the cause and possible solutions to extremely high temperatures in the school computer lab. Students will report their findings and possible solutions to the principal of the school.
  • Concerned Business Owners React: "Hey Slick, You're Hurting My Business!" (Reading/Language Arts) - Students will act as investigators and heating and cooling experts to determine the cause and possible solutions to extremely high temperatures in the school computer lab. Students will report their findings and possible solutions to the principal of the school.
  • Thinking Outside of the (Lunch) Box! (Mathematics/Language Arts) - Students become members of a task force created by the local school board and superintendent of schools. The school board has been approached by a group of community members who are concerned about the increase in childhood obesity and the lack of nutritious meal choices served at school. Experts in health and nutrition as well as school and student representation have volunteered to serve on the task force. The task force/students will be made up of: dietitian, district food service manager, Health Department representative, school administrator, and student representative. The Superintendent of Schools has sent a memo to the volunteers requesting help from their areas of expertise and have asked them to propose 5 new healthy and economical lunch options to be served in the cafeteria. The School Board expects to hear a report of five possible healthy entrée choices at the next Board meeting.
  • The A's and "Bee's" of Plant Reproduction (Science/Language Arts) - Students become the hope and help for a desperate association in need when they assume a team role of scientists (bee scientist, plant scientist, agricultural scientist, wildlife scientist, disease scientist, weather scientist: simple job title that a 3rd grader can understand) at a fictitious U.S Agricultural Bee Research Service. The fictitious Farmers Association of Florida need help from the scientist on how to bring back the honey bees to pollinate their crops in order to improve their profits. The association sends a letter to the research service as well as an online article describing the problem.
  • Bay County Citizens Address the Flu Epidemic (Health) - Students will act as parents and teachers developing innovative ideas to resolve the recent outbreak of the flu epidemic. They will report to the school board members with ideas on health-related disease prevention in our schools and community.
  • How Can Americans Get Involved in the Government (Social Studies) - The students represent a group of political activists/educators. A possible audience that would be interested in the student’s solutions would be teachers of elementary-college-aged students around the country. These teachers would then incorporate those suggestions into teaching their students how to be more involved in the government. The problem the students are asked to solve is one of a decreasing involvement in government. Fewer people, especially young people, are participating in government by doing things like voting, staying informed on issues, contacting their representatives, etc. The students must work together to research this problem and come up with solutions to help educate and encourage Americans, especially young Americans, to become more involved in their government.
  • Engineers Investigate Alternate Forms of Energy for Town (Science) - Students will act as environmentalists, conservationists, and energy researchers investigating alternative forms of energy to power a town. They must present their solution to leaders of the Florida Power and Light during the Energy Convention on May 29, 2015.
  • Researchers seek clean clean-up methods for oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Science) - There has been an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The clean-up has negatively affected the economy and the environment has been threatened as the methods offered are not conducive to the safety of the marine life in the Gulf. Students will act as representatives of the oil company responsible for the spill and will seek to cooperate with the other agencies to develop the best method for clean-up.
  • Bay County Local Groups research how to control the lionfish population in Florida (Science) The City of Panama City Beach has recently had an upset in the local marine habitat due to the over population of the Lionfish, a predator not local to these waters. The mayor is calling to local marine researchers and fisherman to find possible solutions to this problem. The students will take on two roles, the researchers and the fisherman. The mayor will be inviting local fisherman, restaurant owners, and the community to hear their ideas at the next town meeting in December.
  • Student Research Team Uses Habitat Design and Animal Research to Persuade Teacher to Buy a Class Pet (Math)Students will assume one or more of the following roles: zoologist, secretary, accountant, technology supervisor, project manager and engineer. Each member of the group needs to make their own display of the data collected and write their own persuasive letter. Mr. and Mrs. Watson need to be persuaded to buy a class pet by the class pet research team.
  • Research Team Determines the Best Type of Garden for our new Class Carrot Garden (Science) Research and develop the best type of garden for our class garden in such a way that adheres to the $250 budget, fits the dimensions of our classroom backyard, follows the rules and guidelines set forth by the district for school gardens, and create the best growing environment for the carrots to thrive. Students will assume one or more of the following roles: Chief engineer, accountant, botanist, district safety expert, project manager and propose their possible solutions to the principal, the class, and the head of the Garden Committee.
  • Citizens Explore Methods to Reduce the Number of School Janitorial Supplies (Science) Students will assume one or more of the following roles of cafeteria school custodian, Green Team Club members and a waste management engineer consultant to investigate the present issue of excessive use of garbage bags at West Ridge Elementary School. For the past two years West Ridge Elementary has run out of garbage bags in the month of January due to insufficient funds for custodial supplies. In FY14 and FY15 the SAC committee was asked to approve the use of school fundraising monies to supplement the custodial supply fund to purchase extra garbage bags for the remaining of each school year.  Solutions will be presented to the School Advisory Council (SAC).
  • Okaloosa County Citizens Investigate Evacuation Plans for the Hurricane Season (Science) Students will act as several roles such as: Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Local Emergency Planning Committee members, Meteorologists, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees. The group will report their findings of evacuation plans to the Director of FEMA.

Fourth Grade Lesson Plans

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  • Causes and Effects of Water Pollution - Students become the committee members when they assume the role of data collector supervisor, environmentalist, administrative assistant, and water quality examiner to find a possible solution to prevent water pollution in Bay County. The students will report to the Director of Environmental Protection regarding the best solution.
  • School Uniforms in Public Schools - Do we want them and what are our rights as students? Student form an Advisory Board to gather the data, weigh the alternatives and present their recommendations for whether a Uniform Policy should be implemented in their school.
  • Radioactive Asteroid Strikes Hilltop Town! (Science) - Students will assume one or more of the following roles: lead engineer, construction worker, graphic artist, documenting scientist, and liaison/presenter. The townspeople of Hilltopolis have discovered a round radioactive asteroid on the edge of their hilltop city. The Mayor has called for teams to design, evaluate, and present ramps to the Hilltopolis City Council that will move the asteroid as far from the city as possible. The teams will present their solutions and explain the science behind them to the Council.
  • Economists Research Effects of Disney World Closing (Social Studies) - Students become members of the Florida Economic Committee. The current weakening economy has drawn many concerns from the local officials in Orlando, Florida. The local officials have brought their concerns to The Governor of Florida. Therefore, the Governor sends a memo to the Committee requesting a report on the local economy. The report will detail the possible effects of a full or partial closing of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • Students Design an Addition to the County Recreation Park (Math) - Students will take on the role of county employees or interested citizens responsible for planning the design of an addition to a county park. As design engineers for the county or as an interested citizen, students must use a budget of $350,000 and design a project that can be completed in a designated amount of time. Current park blueprints along with space requirements and cost for possible additions are provided. The design must be approved by the director of the county public works department.
  • Making Waves: Franklin County Considers New Artificial Reef (Science) - Students will be organized into three groups: marine biologists, environmentalists, and commercial and sport fishermen. These groups will report to residents of Franklin County and the Franklin County Commission to determine the merits of a joint application between the Organization for Artificial Reefs (OAR) and Franklin County to create an offshore artificial reef.
  • Community Organizers Unite (Social Studies) - Students are community organizers (lead organizer, community researcher, volunteer recruiter) in their city. The city has been given a $10,000 grant to be used for a community project. The project must be ready to start in three weeks and completed before December 30, 2010. The city manager, Mr. Elmore, had an article written on the front page of the local paper laying out the details of the grant. He has requested that all ideas be presented at a special town meeting next Thursday.
  • Race Around Florida, Writing About Our State (Reading/Language Arts) - Students will act as mayoral candidates for one of two cities within a county. They will write a speech based on the need for a recreational facility in their city. They will report to the county commission which type of recreational facility would best suit their city.
  • "Brainiacs" Tackle Possible Cancellation of Annual Fourth Grade Field Trip (Social Studies) - The fourth grade students (Brainiacs) are shown a memorandum from their Principal Mr. Lancaster that the much anticipated annual fourth grade field trip to St. Augustine Florida is in jeopardy of being canceled if the remaining balance owed for the trip cannot be generated. He has suggested a student run fundraiser to cover the remaining cost of the trip and has given the students the task of taking on the role as a business person who is in a five person team to present a “business plan” to he and the bookkeeper Mrs. Vernon on the best fundraiser they believe could be implemented to obtain the money for the balance. The “business team” will have one week to review and analyze information provided, find other resources, and put together several components of their “business plan” to present to Mr. Lancaster and Mrs. Vernon.
  • Students Create an Appropriate Outdoor Habitat (Science) - After receiving a letter from a local environmental group, Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst has requested our help in building an animal friendly habitat. Students will assume the role of Ecologists, with Growing Green Industries. Students will either be specialized in plant ecology or animal ecology. It has come to the mayors’ attention that with all of the current neighborhoods being constructed in the Panama City Beach area animals no longer have a safe, natural habitat in which to dwell. Up to this point, attempts to create safe, natural habitats have failed due to the record high temperatures. Growing Green Industries has been given the task of designing and producing a habitat that will survive in Panama City Beach, Florida while attracting different types of animals.
  • Learning to be Healthy for Life (Health) - An educational forum is coming to each elementary school in Bay County in two weeks to educate the 3rd , 4th, and 5th grade students on how to live longer and healthier lives with proper nutrition and physical exercise. The students will be divided up into five groups of four. Each student in the group will take on the role of a (2)dietitians, nurse, and physical fitness specialist making sure each role in the group is represented. Each group will hold an educational forum and take time at the end of each forum for a brief question/answer session. The class will play to role of the elementary school students for each group.
  • Citizens Address Local Homeless Population (Social Studies) - Students will act as Bay County residents and Bay County business owners to develop innovative solutions to help reduce local homelessness. They will present their recommendations at a Panama City Commission meeting with other concerned members of the community present, including Panama City Police, the Homelessness Task Force, church organizations, Panama City Rescue Mission, business owners and residents, among others.
  • Citizens Investigate Potential Problems from Black Bear Population (Science) - Students will assume the roles of County Commissioners and Environmentalists to come up with solutions to the Florida black bear problem; population increasing to the point of nuisance and danger to citizens. The students will be divided into two groups (environmentalists and county commissioners) and will review all of the information presented by the teacher and guest speaker. Within each group, each student must research possible solutions and share these solutions with his/her group. They will then, as a group, create a presentation with the best solution to the problem, which will be presented to an audience made up of the teacher, parents, and classmates who are fictional representatives of each group (county commissioners and environmentalist).
  • Citizens Address Water Shortage in Bay County (Science) - Students will act as either home owners or employees of the Springfield Water Department addressing the water shortage in Bay County. They will report their findings for conserving water to the Chair member of the Northwest Florida Water Management District and County Citizens.
  • Locals Address the Current Black Bear Population (Science) - Students in this Problem Based learning situation have a variety of roles to choose from. They can separate into groups of concerned citizens, environmentalists, and city officials. The current increase in the Black bear population has caused concern among many locals due to the Black Bears showing up in residential areas posing a danger. At the end of this unit the students will present 3 probable solutions to the Black Bear population problem in an oral presentation to follow students, parents and teachers who will take on the role of “concerned citizens” and “city officials.”
  • Bay County Residents of Florida Investigate Strategies for Sea Turtle Conservation (Science) - Students will be assigned to groups acting as marine biologists and turtle watch volunteers in Bay County, Florida. They will work together with their group to create a solution to sea turtle conservation. Student groups will report their best solutions to Denise Rowell, US Fish and Wildlife Service Representative for the Panhandle of Florida.
  • School Leaders Investigate Nutritious Crops for Its Students (Science) - Students will act as teachers and parents to investigate cost effective nutritional crops for schools trying to find solutions to the hunger problem of their students. The students will respond to the Superintendent’s letter by providing a cost effective gardening plan with healthy, nutritional crops for students.
  • Alligators Threaten Hidden Park Residents (STEM) - Student roles will be as engineer, biologist, Florida Fish and Game officer and geologist known collectively as the Alligator Solution Finder group.  Students will work in groups of four to design and investigate solutions for the alligators in the neighborhood pond.
  • Resolving the Invasion of the Giant African Snail Species (Science) - Students will assume the following roles: Environmental Scientist, Engineer, Building Contractor, and Botanist.  The Homeowners Association of Nautica Isles needs to solve the issue of the Giant African Snails inhabiting their neighborhood can causing damage. Students will then present their best solution to the audience of the Homeowners Association of Nautica Isles.
  • Going, Going, Gone... Scientists Resolve the Erosion of Lake Worth Beach (Science) - Students will assume the following roles: environmentalist, civil engineer, and oceanographer. All of these roles make up the Beach Erosion Committee.  The City of Lake Worth needs to solve the issue of beach erosion in Lake Worth and Kreusler Park. This Beach Erosion Committee, composed of these scientists, is to present their best solution to the City of Lake Worth town meeting and council.
  • Concerned Palm Beach County Citizens and Officials are Saying: "I don't wanna Iguana" (Science) - Students will assume roles of county commissioners, environmentalists, homeowners, business owners, PETA members, engineers, and Florida Fish and Wildlife officers to find solutions for eradication of the non-native green iguana currently living in and around Palm Beach County Florida, are becoming a health, safety and economic concern.  Students will propose their possible solutions to the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Community Leaders Investigate a Hurricane-Resistant House (Science) - Students become council members to find possible solutions to help minimize damage and/or destruction of Florida homes caused by hurricanes. The Construction Safety Council (CSC) requests students to act as council representatives, researchers, scientists and design engineers in their development of solutions to the current need of hurricane-proof dwellings. Designs will fulfill the need for durable housing structures to withstand a Category 3 Hurricane.
  • Local Citizens Tackle Missing Sea Turtle Nests Problem (Science) - The Marine Turtle Specialists have discovered a decline in the number of Sea Turtle nests in the Boca Raton beach areas. The students will be presented with the challenge of developing a method for protecting existing sea turtle nests in order to increase the number of sea turtle nests on local beaches.
  • Engineers Investigate Solutions to the Lack of Pollination in a School Garden (Science) - Students will act as research experts from American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and Agriculture Research Service (ARS) responsible for finding solutions to the lack of pollination in the school garden.  Pollination is not taking place in the garden at COTaylor/Kirklane Elementary and plants are not reproducing.  This is of great concern because the food grown in this garden is used to feed the homeless.  How can we, as agricultural experts from ASABE and research experts from ARS discover and test two viable and sustainable ways of pollinating the plants in the school garden.  The possible audience would be the school administration and the Garden Club Committee of the school.

Fifth Grade Lesson Plans

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  • Causes and Effects of Water Pollution - Students become the committee members when they assume the role of data collector supervisor, environmentalist, administrative assistant, and water quality examiner to find a possible solution to prevent water pollution in Bay County. The students will report to the Director of Environmental Protection regarding the best solution.
  • Colonial Citizens Seek Ways to Advertise the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies to Potential Settlers (Social Studies) -  Students will act as Junior Historical Society Members who are invited to solve a problem individually and then as a Junior Historical Society Team, and prepare a coordinating presentation and project that represents each Team’s “Best Solution”. The problem to be solved is finding ways for citizens in the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies to advertise their Colonial Region to potential settlers in England. Students will report to Distinguished Guests from the Walton County School District and the Walton County Historical Society in order to receive approval for the inclusion of the solutions they propose in the display area of the fictitious October 27, 2012 Walton County Historical Society conference, Putting U.S. Colonial Settlement 1607-1776 into Regional Contexts.
  • County Officials questions: Is Gulf County Prepared for the Next Hurricane Katrina? (Science) - Students become medical personnel and Public Works personnel in Gulf County, Florida. The County Commissioners are anxious about readiness as it is the start of another hurricane season. The medical and Public Works personnel receive a memo from the Commissioners, along with a copy of the Gulf County Mitigation Strategies Evaluation and the 2011-2013 Public Health and Health Care Preparedness (PHHP) Strategic Plan. The County Commissioners are expecting a presentation from each department at the next County Commissioners meeting.
  • Concerned Citizens of Schools Tackle Childhood Obesity (Health Education) - Students will be split into two groups. The first group will obtain the role of concerned parents. These parents will have school age children around the age of the students working on this project. The second group will obtain the role of pediatricians. These pediatricians will be familiar with the battle over childhood obesity, as they see it commonly not only in their studies but also in their practice. The groups will present their findings to a representative from the school district that is influential in the food placed in schools as well as the requirement of exercise in schools.
  • Scientists Declare: Oily Trouble-Protect Our Marshes to Protect Our Future (5th Grade) - Students work in groups as scientists (marine biologists, wetlands ecologist, marine ecologist) and are called to action to find a solution for protecting our local, delicate Apalachicola marshlands from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They receive a “Memo” and accompanying articles from the “DEP Secretary”, and must present their solutions in 2 weeks at a special “DEP Oil Meeting” in front of “DEP officials, local officials, scientists, fishermen, and concerned citizens”. The matter is quite urgent, as oil is in the Gulf and is bound to approach our area. The groups must consider a solution that will protect the marshlands now and in the future, and they must convince those in attendance that the marshes are worth the time and money it will take to proactively protect them.
  • Marine Biologists Design Advanced Dolphinarium (Science) - Students assume the role of key marine biologists for the National Marine Fisheries Services located in Panama City, Florida. The marine biologists’ meet with head Marine Biologist at Gulf World Marine Park, Jane Smith are given a distinct task. She informs the biologists that a new dolphin family has been rescued from the ocean and there is limited time (2 weeks) for this family to safely move into a new advanced dolphinarium. It is up to the biologists to create dolphinarium models to save the dolphins. Marine biologists are to present their final models to Jane Smith of Gulf World, as well as any remaining Marine Biologists working in Gulf World Marine Park.
  • Business Consultant Addresses Possible Solutions for Failing Business (Math) - Students become consultants working for a fictitious pizza parlor named “Perfect Slice Pizza”. The consultants are being brought in to analyze the business strategies and find ways for the company to become more successful. A memo is sent out to the consultant team explaining the current strategies and costs. It also explains the current deficits the company is facing.
  • Students Research the Weighty Issue of Backpacks (Science) - Students become medical researchers (engineers, doctors, research and developers, and marketers) from the Safe & Sound Research Co. who are asked to research issues of heavy backpacks and design a prototype for the Backpacks R Us Company that is concerned with the physical well-being of today’s students. The backpack company has sent a memo, along with a newsletter stating prior research about backpack strain, asking Safe & Sound Research to research and design a new backpack prototype or method of transport design that will be funded by Backpacks R Us. The results and prototype are needed within a two week period.
  • Book Review Board Chooses Top 5 Fictional Books for 5th Graders to Read About Historical Ways of Life (Language Arts) - The elementary school principal has decided that the fifth-grade students can only read five historical fiction books. She has appointed a Book Review Board to select these books. The board must pick the best five books that every fifth-grade student must read and enjoy. Students will assume the roles of the Book Review Board members. The board is composed of one history teacher, one language arts teacher, one parent, and one student. A decision must be made in time for the next school year. Once the board has made its selections, members must present the book list to the principal and justify their choices.
  • Scientists Address the Changing Sea Turtle Population (Science) - The Students will be divided into two different groups where the first group will act as environmentalist. The environments will work closely with investigations of the current beach environments in hopes to find solutions for the Sea Turtles. The second group will be the concerned residents in the Bay County Area particularly the beach residents. Both groups will work on investigating the current beach environments and researching the Sea Turtles beach environments. The students will research possible solutions and share these solutions within their group. As a group, they will decide on the “best” solution and present it to the audience of parents, school administrators, fellow students, FWC environmentalists, and concerned Panama City Beach residents.
  • Citizens Concerned about Oyster Shortage in Bay County and surrounding Areas (Science) - Students will be set up into groups of four or five, with alternating groups of fishermen and marine biologists. Both groups will investigate the oyster shortage taking place in Northwest Florida and will report their findings for reversing the shortage to a Commissioner of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and an owner of a seafood restaurant.
  • Citizens Investigate Possible Solutions to Students' Sicknesses During PE Class (Science) - Students will act as principals or health department doctors investigating illnesses in students who participated in PE class. They will report to the Parkway School Board on how to best keep the students safe and healthy during PE and avoid further illnesses.
  • WPTV Special Report: Engineers Investigate Carlin Park Beach Erosion (Science) - Students will act as either an investigative reporter or an engineer researching past and possible solutions for Carlin Park beach erosion. They will broadcast a WPTV Special Report for Florida Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corp of Engineers and Palm Beach County Residents on possible solutions for Carlin Park beach replenishment. 
  • Environmentalists Consult with Schools About Bees in School Gardens (Science) - Students become the “Un-Bee-lievable Environmentalist” team of researchers when they assume the role of data collector, environmental specialist, and head researcher to report to the Florida Farm Bureau and the Bee Keeper’s Society about what their school should do for their garden. Scientists have determined that the bee population is directly related to the amount of fruit produced by plants and how plants reproduce. The amount of bees in the area has decreased over the years. Investigate how this may impact our garden.
  • Biologists Investigate Honeybee Disappearance (Life Science) - Students will act as biologists and agriculturalists to investigate why bees in the United States are disappearing. The problem is that people rely on honeybees for a major part of their diet. The US Department of Agriculture reports that honeybees pollinate 80% of our flowers and crops, which is about one third of everything, we eat. Bees are cross pollinators and many plants rely on bees for their reproduction. If honeybees disappear they could take most of our pollinated plants with them. Disappearing bees not only affect people’s intake of fruits and vegetables but it will also affect our beef and dairy supplies because they pollinate the alfalfa that we feed our cows. The students will report to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) with the solutions to the disappearing bees problem.
  • Build a Park: Engineers Design a Park for the Town of Greenwood Lake (Life Science) - Students will act as Engineers to design a park for the Town of Greenwood Lake. The problem is that the town is not in compliance with the legal code 320.77 f.s. which states that for every 50,000 people living in a town the government must provide a recreational park at least 1 square mile (640 acres) in size. The population of the town is 50,346 people. The Town of Greenwood Lake as ask for bids from Engineering Firms to design a park of their choice. They must take into consideration the environmental effect their park will have on the town. They will be given a budget of 6 million dollars. Within the 6 million dollar budget the Engineers must include all future costs for at least 5 years. Students will share their solutions with the Mayor and Council members.
  • Florida Public Utilities Letdown: Engineers Investigate Alternative Sources to Generate Electricity (Science) - The Florida Public Utilities (FPL) will stop providing our town with energy. The mayor of the city has asked these groups to come up with new sources of energy that will ultimately provide optimal levels of energy, limited pollution, and meet the city’s budget. After the students have come to their solution, they will present it to the mayor and city council. Students will play one of the four following roles: engineer, environmentalist, business leaders, and local residents to offer possible solutions to address the problem.
  • Researchers Attempt to Prevent the National Pandemic Spread of the Ebola Virus in the United States (Science) - Students will act as Scientists, Mathematicians, Technologists, and Engineers trying to find solutions to prevent the pandemic spread of the Ebola virus. They will report to members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the most effective resolutions.
  • Engineers Investigate and Design Solutions for Shoreline Erosion (STEM) - Students will work in groups of four to design a wind testable erosion limiting structure. Students will serve in one of four engineering roles throughout their research for possible solutions for this structure: Student 1 will act as lead engineer and environmental expert; Student 2 will act as construction manager to determine appropriate materials; Student 3 will act as design manager, researching possible types of structural designs in proper proportion; Student 4 will act as administrator in charge of cost and time. Even though the four students’ roles may research different aspects of the problem, all students will research possible solutions to address the problem of beach erosion.
  • Individuals Investigate the safety of utilizing microwaves to cook food (Science) - Coppertale Microwaving Industries is being sued by multiple families of individuals who have claimed that they have experienced an array of alleged health issues in response to using the company’s microwave products for cooking food in their homes. Students will act as one of three possible roles, research and collaborate among their groups, and provide possible solutions to the safety of microwaves as they report to the Judge, Jury and primary lawyers overseeing this case. The three student roles are as follows: Engineers who designed the microwaves, the Food and Drug Administration and medical doctors.
  • Lionfish Advisory Committee Investigates Lionfish Invasion (Science & Math) - Students’ roles will be as a marine biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer, National Wildlife Representative and a Department of Natural Resources Representative.  Students will work in groups of four to design and investigate solutions for the lionfish that are affecting the ecosystem and fishing.
  • Waste Not, Want Not! (Science) - Students will act as health officials, inspectors from the Palm Beach County School District, cafeteria manager of Greenacres Elementary School, Green Team Chairperson and head custodian to investigate food waste in the cafeteria. Officials and inspectors will research the type of food wasted, and create a plan on how to eliminate/reduce food waste.
  • Gator Safety Club Researchers and Engineers Investigate Safe Materials for Monkey Bars (Science) - Students will act as members of the Gator Safety Club to present a material that would be safe to use on a playground underneath monkey bars. As club members, students will be split into two separate groups; researchers and architects/engineers. Researchers will find all the information regarding the types of materials, as well as the various costs of each material. The architects/engineers will survey the plot below the monkey bars and will decide the area and depth of the matter so that it is safe in case students fall from the monkey bars. The students will do research to determine the safest matter on the market that satisfies all requirements outlined by the Sunshine Park Committee. The possible audience would be the board members of the committee and local citizens to whom they will provide one possible safe material and supporting details to defend their choice.
  • Citizens Address the Zombie Invasion in Palm Springs (Science) - Students will act as scientists, engineers and members of the town council to investigate and research the criteria needed for an appropriate preparedness plan and public sheltering from an imminent attack of Zombies. Then students will create a Zombie preparedness plan for the city of Palm Springs citizens based on articles, books, a PowerPoint presentation, web sites and the memorandum from the Mayor.
  • It Takes Two Tegus to Tango! (Science) - Students will act as environmentalists, Miami Dade County Commissioners, and concerned Miami Dade County residents to research the Tegu Lizard, the effects of it rapidly reproducing and the threat it poses to the environment as a result. A comprehensive action plan will need to be created to address the threat. Students will present their possible solutions to members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • The Community Explores 3-D Technology in an Elementary Science Program (Science) - Students will be introduced to the function and capabilities of Galaxy E3 Elementary School’s 3D printers. They will be presented with the challenge of developing a model or set of models to represent a science topic that can be used by one or more K-5 grade levels.
  • Scientists Address the Lionfish Invasion of our Reefs (Science) - Students will form a Lionfish Removal Committee of Marine Biologists, Oceanographers, Poison Experts and general public, researching past and possible future solutions for the Lionfish invasion of South Florida Reefs.  They will present a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
  • SGA Consultants Address Excessive Noise in Elementary School Cafeterias (Science) - Students will form a Student Government Association to address the excessive noise level in Elementary School Cafeterias.  The SGA will consult a Sound Engineer, Materials Engineer, Designer, an Architect, and a Parent of a current student to research past and possible solutions in order to propose possible solutions to the high noise level inside elementary school cafeterias.  These consultants will present their proposals to the Student Government Association (SGA). 
  • Citizens Help Assist Coast Guard with Oil Slick Problem (Science) - Students will assume one or more of the following roles:  Director of Emergency Planning Palm Beach County creating an emergency response clean-up plan,  CEO of Florida Oil Company  (FLO-CO) representing the interest of the oil company, Lead project manager of Florida Agents for Nature Conservancy (FLAN) representing environment concerns, and as a member of Concerned Residents Advocating Clean-up and Kare of the Environment, natural Resources and its Stewardship (CRACKERS), an activist group with concerns for the environment. The possible audience would be the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and local citizens to provide information and questions about possible ideas to solve the oil spill problem. An oil rig has experienced catastrophic failure off the southeast coast of Florida currents and tides will carry the oil slick northwest making landfall on the Palm Beach shoreline.
  • Scientists Explore How to Preserve our Coral Reefs (Science) - Students will play the role of marine biologists. They will need to hold a press conference addressing the issues on how to best preserve our coral reefs. The problem is that many citizens in the area are concerned with what is happening to the local coral reefs. Some are confused by what the county is spending money on in regards to preserving the coral reefs and some are concerned with the effects that these decisions will have on the environment. During the press conference, students will address local community members, concerned citizens, the local news, and Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Scientists Explore Why Sinkholes are Eating Florida (Science) - The students will assume the roles of geologists, meteorologists, hydrologists, environmentalists and paleontologists. A group of local developers in Florida are concerned about the increased incidents of sinkholes, because of the possibility of damage to properties and danger to human life. They will produce a visual presentation which will be shared at the Florida Land Development Board monthly meeting. The visual presentation will explain their research that developed their student created solutions.
  • Citizen Leadership Team Determines an Ideal New Location for the Community Following Hurricane Tina (Science) - Students will assume one or more of the following roles:  Project Manager, Climatologist, Budget Analyst, Communication Liaison.  The members will prepare and present proposals, outlining a relocation plan to 3,000 residents of the community that was affected by Hurricane Tina, working with a budget of $15,000,000.00 and a deadline of June 21, 2015.
  • Community Experts Investigate New Solutions for Ridding Non-Bioderadable Lunch Trays from the Landfill (Science) - The student roles include a Product Engineer, an Environmentalist, a Process Engineer, and a Cost Analyst, known collectively as the Community Experts. Students will work in groups of four to conduct a study and present a proposal to eliminate the use of non- biodegradable trays, causing an over-abundance of waste in the landfill. The Community Experts will present possible solutions to address this problem to the Solid Waste Authorities.
  • Citizens Address Blue Green Algae Bloom in Lake Okeechobee and Surrounding Estuaries (Science) - Students will act as inspectors, environmentalists, and researchers to investigate the causes and effects and possible solutions to Blue Green Algae. As inspectors, environmentalists, and researchers the students will do research to determine the source of this problem and will recommend appropriate solutions to this problem. The possible audience would be the Florida Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Wildlife and Fishery, fishermen, and the local citizens to provide information on ways for preventing and spreading Blue Green Algae.
  • The Education Task Force Addresses the Increased Shark Presence (Science) - Students will act investigators and marine biologists of The Education Task Force to determine the best way to handle the increased shark presence. Students will propose their possible solutions to address this problem to the Palm Beach County Commissioners
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