In this problem designed for teacher education majors, students prepare a grant proposal to obtain trade books for elementary science curricula that will support girls’ science learning. Students will first determine what makes a good science trade book for children, examine books within a particular content area for their quality and appeal to girls, determine a list of text materials appropriate for instruction, and prepare a grant application to request those materials. The problem can be used as a supplement to the PBL problem “How will I know if my students learned what they’re supposed to?” (Ford, 2005).
Length: 3-6 hours
Level: Intermediate (majors)