Welcome to the Great GAFE Project!

Step 1 - Introduction to the SAMR model

SAMR Model
SAMR Examples

Step 2 - Inquiry Project Model

GAFE Project Overview

What are the steps of inquiry-based learning?
An inquiry-based approach to learning incorporates the following basic steps or components: 
  1. Ask questions. 
  2. Explore by observing and investigating. 
  3. Analyze and describe findings. 
  4. Communicate and share by writing and discussing. 
  5. Reflect on what has been learned. 
Steps provided by Glencoe Teaching Today

What challenges for the teacher do inquiry projects introduce?
  • Tracking student work 
  • Providing feedback

Content Connections:
Math: Proofs, emphasize math theory, where do you see math outside of school?

Science: Animal research project (elementary), Biome research project

Art & Music: Art history movements, Music genres

Foreign Language: Regions of a country, Local food, Cultural differences

CTE: Self-driving cars, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

Step 4 - Intro to the Great Project Website

Great GAFE Website

Step 5 - Demonstration/Follow Along: Shared Folder and KWHL Chart

  • Captain
    1. Create a folder for your group in Google drive and share with your partners and your teacher.

  • Co-Pilot, Navigator, Flight Attendant
    1. Drag the group folder from "Shared with me" to your "My Drive".

Google Tips:

Review how to create a shared folder
More resources on sharing folders in Google Drive

  • Co-Pilot
    1. Open the KWHL chart template.
    2. Move your KWHL chart into the group folder your captain created so the whole team can work on the KWHL chart together.

Step 6 - Group Activity #1

As a group, select a "Great" topic from the GREAT Research Resources (or choose an original "Great" topic)
  • Captain:
    1. Lead your team in filling out the K, W, and H on the KWHL chart.
    2. Each member must create at least 2 questions and include them in the W column.

  • Co-Pilot:
    1. Once the KWHL chart is complete, you should fill out the Group Tracker Form for the rest of the group.

    Step 7 - Discuss Google Tracking Form

    The Group Tracker Form that was filled out in Step 6 collected information in this spreadsheet. 

    Google Tip:
    Watch this Google Video Tutorial for more information about using Google Forms and Spreadsheets

    Step 8 - Group Activity #2

    •  Navigator:
      1. Open the Mindmap Template.
      2. Move your Mindmap into your group folder so the whole team can work on the Mindmap together.

    Each group member will fill out the Mindmap with their two questions from the KWHL chart.

    Each group member will research and answer their 2 questions, including the answer in the appropriate space on the Mindmap.

    Each group member will include the source(s) they used to find their answers in the appropriate space on the Mindmap.

    Step 9 - Review Mindmap

    Instructor will review a group Mindmap with the whole class

    Step 10 - Group Activity # 3

    Each group member will complete the L column on the KWHL chart using their own words. Do not cut and paste from your Mindmap or other sources.
    • Co-Pilot:
      1. Check your groups answers.
      2. Make sure each answer is reasonable and comes from a reputable source.

    Step 11 - Teacher Feedback on KWHL

    Teacher uses the GAFE "comment" feature to guide KWHL learning process

    Step 12 - Group Activity #4

    • Captain:
      1. Lead your group as they color code the "L" column on the KWHL chart into 3 different colors.
      2. Verify the three colors accurately represent the body paragraphs you want to develop in your group's Research Paper Outline.

    Step 13 - Group Activity #5

    • Co-Pilot:
      1. Open the Research Paper Outline Template.
      2. Move your Research Paper Outline into your group folder so the whole team can work on the Research Paper Outline together.

    • Navigator:
      1. Copy and paste the content from the L column of your KWHL chart into the Research Paper Outline.

      This Google Doc will become the outline for your Research Paper. 

      Step 14 - Group Activity #6
      • Captain:
        1. Open the Great Google Presentation Template.
        2. Move your Great Google Presentation into your group folder so the whole team can work on the Great Google Presentation together.

      Your presentation should include:
      • 5 slides summarizing your research

      Step 15 - Group Presentations

      Groups present their Great GAFE projects

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      Step 16 - Reflections

      Share with your group how you can apply these strategies and tools in your classroom.
      • What can you implement tomorrow?
      • What are you most excited to try? Why?
      • What further support do you need?

      Step 17 - Evaluation

      We value your feedback and will incorporate it into future trainings.

      Fill out the 5 Question Anonymous Survey: http://goo.gl/8CjVcz