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Overview:
Over the course of the unit, students will explore a variety of texts and grow in their knowledge of superbugs
and and their evolution over time. They will use informational text, video, lab activities and infographics to
support their inquiry and research.
Subject:
Life Science
Level:
High School
Grades:
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Reading, Simulation, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study
Author:
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Date Added:
10/17/2017
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Language:
English
Media Format:
Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML

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Alaura Carson on Nov 20, 04:18pm

I really liked how you introduced students to the unit with the TED talks. I think that is a great way to grab the students interests. Where the students curious as to why you choose to start with a TED talk about doodling? The list of ideas for readings/activities as the end will be useful as other teachers implement your project into their classroom!

Jen Spoerke on Oct 29, 07:52pm

This is the most detailed rubric I've ever seen! I think it is great that you showed the videos up hook students before having them read the anchor texts. Superbugs can tie into history, too (like the plague).

Lisa Petrie on Oct 29, 11:53am

I really like the text set. I appreciate how you introduced the unit with a couple of interesting videos that ultimately led to your anchor text. This feels like a nice way to build anticipation. I wonder though: Did the students know where you were going with this on Day 1? While your suggested lesson breakdown and pacing seems very logical, did the students understand on day one "why" they were doodling? Stopping to check for understanding during the videos is great. In the event that students are absent during instruction, you could upload the TED talk into EdPuzzle, and incorporate questions there. Kids could then watch the video anywhere, and use it for review. I really like the addition of student inquiry as evidenced in the final project. The inquiry question along with the doodle really personalize the learning experience. The three bullet points of information help students further demonstrate new learning. You've also incorporated some nice hands-on learning and collaboration with the lab. The student learning objectives are great, though I might suggest rewording them a bit to say that "Students will be able to do <x> BY <y>. Maybe: The student will demonstrate their understanding of superbugs and antibiotic resistance by utilizing digital storytelling to create a sketchnote. :-) The rubric is interesting. On the one hand, I like how you assess one skill or disposition each day. On the other, it feels a bit overwhelming? Also, it seems to include both formative and summative assessments. I would love to know how your students responded to the rubric. I really enjoyed this project, and am sure I will come back to it for inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Ethel Gaides on Oct 28, 09:01pm

I really enjoyed reviewing your project! "The Spread of Superbugs" text was a great "hook". Excellent superbugs inquiry activity with numerous resources/links relevant to the project and to meet the needs of all learners. Great multimedia selections to support students' inquiry and research. Terrific project!

Emelia Fleck on Oct 28, 06:48pm

I love it that you incorporated digital storytelling into your resource. This can encourage both critical and creative thinking as well as fluency. This project also permits all students, including those with alternative learning styles, to participate in a meaningful, cognitive way. Incorporating videos as part of the curriculum can provide a positive impact and create added in-depth understanding for a visual learner (both TED Talks are valuable for comprehending a basic understanding of the progression of how antibiotics work, as well as how to effectively enhance notes by doodling).

I also really enjoyed your Google Slide presentation showcasing student work examples. It provided me with a great visual of your lab activity and a better understanding of what your students sketchnotes on superbugs looked like (they did a spectacular job)!

Kim Carter on Oct 24, 09:09pm

The Superbugs unit focuses on a timely topic, offering a mix of resources to engage students in connecting the topic and information to their lives. The mix of information delivery strategies (text and video) combine with diverse information processing strategies through the explicit incorporation of doodling to capture nonverbal insights to offer learners multiple means of engaging with the inquiry. The pacing is thoughtful and the text-based questions encourage deeper thinking. I'd be interested in seeing the vocabulary scaffolding.

I wonder if rather than looking for "Answers" throughout the inquiry, you could use some language that conveys how understandings develop over time, just as scientists understanding of antibiotics and resistance to antibiotics is still developing.

It's great to read how much students feel they benefitted from sketchnoting!

Linda Hedrick on Oct 24, 06:43pm

I have seen examples of sketchnoting but never have used it with classes. Your unit certainly illustrates the value of it with diverse learners. The lessons are well-planned out and I like the anchor text that was chosen. I also liked the idea of breaking up the students in smaller groups for reading the anchor text. That they wanted to read out loud speaks to the comfort zone they felt overall. I will be sharing this!

Beverly Tedeschi on Oct 24, 06:37am

This topic is very relevant, and had I not chosen the one I did I may have done one on super bugs and antibiotic resistance. Thank you for sharing the ideas about sketch notes which I, as a doodler, will look into as a way to assess understanding. I could not open up some of your links, but I am not sure if the issue is on my end or in the document.

Caitlin Gately on Oct 24, 06:22am

I like the TED talk you used and the idea of sketches/doodles in your project. I cannot open the students work but would love to see the final results. From reading this it sound like you have a diverse group of learners but they seemed to enjoy the project which is awesome!

Caitlin Bennett on Oct 19, 11:00am

This unit looks awesome!

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