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Middle School Level - II

Grading Period 1: First Nine Weeks


TASK 1 - Select your project topic.




TASK 2 - Create/copy a Blank Googledoc Presentation


Step 1: Create a Googledoc Presentation



Step 2: Save google doc in this format



Note: If you have super long name include only first six character of your first name and first six character of your last name.


Step 3: Create/copy Title Slide



Step 4: Add blank slides with “subtitles”


These templates have been shared with you as "View Only".  To make a copy of the template, go to "file" and then select "make a copy".  Save the document with the correct title "FirstLastName-Grade-School-year".  You can add more slides by clicking on the (+) sign on the top left corner.)



Step 5: Share your presentation link




TASK 3 - Background Research:


Step 1: Submit it to your teacher



Step 2: Write summary of your “Background Research” on Google presentation.



TASK 4 - Purpose or Goal(s):


On the googleslide, that you have previously created, add a new slide and title it "purpose or goal" (see template from TASK 2, Step 4).




TASK 5 - Hypothesis/Problem/Question:


On the googleslide, that you have previously created, add a new slide and title it "Hypothesis/Problem" (see template from TASK 2, Step 4).


   Hypothesis: If you are doing “Experiment”



   Problem: If you are doing “Engineering Design” Project



    Inquiry Question(s): If you are doing “Descriptive Investigation”




TASK 6 -  Design/plan your investigation:


Click on the link below for more details based on your project category.


 Comparative Experiment:



 Engineering Design:



 Descriptive Investigation:




TASK 7 - Update all presentation slides for the first quarter.


Main purpose of TASK 7 is to give students an opportunity to complete all previous TASK.




 Grading Period 2: Second Nine Weeks


TASK 8 - Collect, Organize and Explain Data/Observation/Notes


State your observation, data and results. Explain what happened, and why the results occurred, using scientific facts and knowledge.

    

    Comparative Experiment:



    Engineering Design:



    Descriptive Investigation:



TASK 9 - Draw Conclusions and Explain



TASK 10 - Application and Extensions:



TASK 11 - Synthesis Questions, Bibliography and Final Report


    Comparative Experiment:



    Engineering Design:



    Descriptive Investigation:



TASK 12 - In-class Presentation to Peers and teacher



    Note: Your Google Presentation can be used to create a digital photo story required for all students and/or simply print out all slides to create a poster board for Science Fair related competitions.


TASK 13 - Write a Script (Storyboard)


Middle school students are asked to submit a completed digital story to DISTCO Contest (see TASK  16). You will need to add images, text, sound and narration to your digital story. However, video clips are optional.


Plan and create your storyboard, see this handout for instruction and rubric.


1)   Write a Script

2)   Decide on the number of frames you will have and create your storyboards.

3)   Add images and/or photo collages.

4)   Submit your work to your teacher for feedback. Make corrections as needed.


TASK 14 - Create a Video (Digital Story)


1)   Record and edit digital audio to flow with your storyboards (see right side column of this page for digital story software options)

2)   Try to keep the video presentation short (between 2-4 minutes), you can speed up or slow down parts of your video capture depending on your need.

3)   Delete the unnecessary parts of the video clips when you are editing



  Software Option 1:

  Software Option 2:


Submit your completed digital story to your teacher via Google drive (or email).



Grading Period 3: Third Nine Weeks


TASK 15 - Makeup TASK for 1st and 2nd nine weeks:


       Students who were unable to complete some of the tasks from 1st or 2nd quarter, will be given an opportunity to redo the task during 3rd quarter.

  

or


       If the project was completed, students may go back and improve some of the earlier tasks from 1st and 2nd quarter.  


TASK 16 - Participate in Science Fair and/or Other Competition(s)


Participation in Science Fair is highly recommended for projects from Comparative Experiment or Engineering Design category.  Student should aim to participate in School-wide, Cluster-wide, City-wide and International Science Fair competitions.


Optional & Additional Choice: - Participate in the DISTCO Contest with Digital Story


Middle school students are asked to participate in the DISTCO PBL contest with their completed Digital Story.  Check out the link above to submit your Digital Story to the DISTCO PBL contest.


    DISTCO Awards: Win iPad Mini, iPod Nano, Gift Cards and Scholarships* (* Grade 9-12).  

    DISTCO Rubric - Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubric






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Poster Board Layout Examples


There are many searchable poster board examples online and in reference books, but they all follow general guidelines of being read like a newspaper – left to right and up down.


(DO NOT include your name, your teacher's name, or any pictures of your face)