This course for gifted students grades 5-7 teaches mechanisms of disease, medical concepts, logical reasoning, experimental design, statistical analysis, and epidemiological investigation, culminating in a medical mystery: an illness outbreak at the State Fair.
This post provides video and other materials for teaching an introductory pre-assessment lesson that helps you gauge your gifted students’ storytelling and creative writing skills. This lesson is part of a 10-lesson Common Core-aligned unit on creative writing for gifted elementary and middle school students.
Problem-based learning may be open-ended and ill-structured, but problem scenarios require well-defined characters, plot, and setting. Setting the scene right–with high-stakes, high-impact specifics–helps students understand the importance of the conundrum they’re about to tackle. What elements are key to your scenarios?