Problem-Based Learning by Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher

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Problem-Based Learning units and Problem Studies for One units immerse children in real-world, complex situations. While searching for a solution to the problem, students simultaneously develop a deep understanding of a variety of subjects and improve their skills in research, higher-order thinking, decision making, and more. 

Each unit consists of a Teacher Manual of detailed instructions on how to implement the unit and a student Problem Log, in which the students find necessary materials for the unit and also where they record their work. In addition, most of the units have a Resource Book that contains primary resources and supplemental materials (such as photographs) that are also available online so that instructors can download them, print them out, and, if necessary, make copies of them to distribute to the students. The units that do not have Resource Books tend to deal with current issues and offer suggestions for websites where both instructors and students can find the supplemental information they need; these are listed in the Teacher Manual. Each Teacher Manual also describes how to conduct the project, how to develop problem-solving skills and awareness, and how to lead students into considering all sides of a situation. These are enduring life skills that children will use well beyond the completion of the unit.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is collaborative in nature, and students are required to work together to solve the problem that they face. In many instances, they must compromise in order to move foward—an essential life skill that is used by adults on medical teams, software-writing units, inteligence-gathering organizations, scientific research teams, and more. PBL is therefore only possible within a group context. However, there are other valuable skills that are developed in a PBL unit; Dr. Gallagher has designed some of the units specifically for home educators who may have just one student but who still would like their child to have the immersive experience of solving a real-world problem in the role of one of its key stakeholders. These units are called Problem Studies for One. In this way, all students, whether in a classroom or homeschool co-op or in a situation in which they are individually homeschooled, can participate in the PBL experience.

We regard the essential and enduring life skills that PBL imparts as so important that each child, at several points in his or her education, should have the experience of actively participating in a PBL unit.

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher is a nationally recognized expert in gifted education and in problem-based learning. She has received the National Association for Gifted Children Award for Article of the Year and is a six-time winner of the NAGC Curriculum Division award for exemplary curriculum. She is available for workshops and presentations. You can access her downloads here.

Problem-Based Learning units immerse students in real-world, complex situations. While searching for a solution to the problem, students simultaneously develop a deep understanding of a variety of subjects and improve their skills in research, higher-order thinking, decision making, and more. This kind of learning is particularly useful in gifted education settings, providing challenging and interesting projects in depth.

Each unit consists of a Teacher Manual of detailed instructions on how to implement the unit and a student Problem Log, in which the students find necessary materials for the unit and also where they record their work. In addition, most of the units have a Resource Book that contains primary resources and supplemental materials (such as photographs) that are also available online so that teachers can download them, print them out, and, if necessary, make copies of them to distribute to the students. The units that do not have Resource Books tend to deal with current issues and offer suggestions for websites where both teachers and students can find the supplemental information they need; these are listed in the Teacher Manual. Each Teacher Manual also describes how to conduct the project, how to develop problem-solving skills and awareness, and how to lead students into considering all sides of a situation. These are enduring life skills that students will use well beyond the completion of the unit.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is collaborative in nature, and students are required to work together to solve the problem that they face. In many instances, they must compromise in order to move foward—an essential life skill that is used by adults on medical teams, software-writing units, inteligence-gathering organizations, scientific research teams, and more.  

We regard the essential and enduring life skills that PBL imparts as so important that every student, at several points in his or her education, should have the experience of actively participating in a PBL unit.

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher is a nationally recognized expert in gifted education and in problem-based learning. She has received the National Association for Gifted Children Award for Article of the Year and is a six-time winner of the NAGC Curriculum Division award for exemplary curriculum. She is available for workshops and presentations. You can access her downloads here.

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Ferret It Out: A Problem about Endangered Species and Animal Ecosystems: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Subjects: Science; Endangered species; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-475-5

Latest edition: 2014

Order code: 4755

Price: $35.00

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2013 National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner! Read more.

"Thoroughly user friendly" –Midwest Book Review / Library Bookwatch

The black-footed ferret is the most endangered mammal in the United States. In this PBL unit, students are placed in the role of members of a recovery team whose job it is to assess whether Fort Collins, Colorado, is an appropriate site to re-introduce ferrets that were bred in captivity.  

During the unit, students must consider the interdependence of the ferrets with the population of prairie dogs and the antagonism of ranchers toward them. They have to calculate how many prairie dogs are essential for the survival of the black-footed ferret, and they must consider the rights of homeowners and ranchers against the survival of the mammal. They must take into account what may be causing ferret decline, including the problem of a genetic bottleneck. In the end, they must come to a decision about the problem and then try to pursuade others to their point of view. Through the course of the unit, students will learn about biomes, habitats, and human-animal interaction, as well as the complex issues that are involved and the conflicts of interests posed by trying to save the black-footed ferret from extinction.

For teaching one child, see Ferret Ecology: Problem Studies for One.

2013 National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner! Read more.

"Thoroughly user friendly" –Midwest Book Review / Library Bookwatch

The black-footed ferret is the most endangered mammal in the United States. Students are placed in the role of members of a recovery team whose job it is to assess whether Fort Collins, Colorado, is an appropriate site to re-introduce ferrets that were bred in captivity.  

During the unit, students must consider the interdependence of the ferrets with the population of prairie dogs and the antagonism of ranchers toward them. They have to calculate how many prairie dogs are essential for the survival of the black-footed ferret, and they must consider the rights of homeowners and ranchers against the survival of the mammal. They must take into account what may be causing ferret decline, including the problem of a genetic bottleneck. In the end, they must come to a decision about the problem and then try to pursuade others to their point of view. Through the course of the unit, students will learn about biomes, habitats, and human-animal interaction, as well as the complex issues that are involved and the conflicts of interests posed by trying to save the black-footed ferret from extinction.

Ferret It Out: Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-477-9

Order code: 4779

Price: $5.00

Ferret It Out: Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit. 

Ferret It Out: Problem Log Cover

Sample Pages:

Ferret It Out: Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Order code: 4755S

Price: $40.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual and one copy of the student Problem Log. Instructors will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each child.

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual and one copy of the student Problem Log. Classroom teachers will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each student.

Ferret Ecology: Problem Studies for One: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Subjects: Science; Endangered species; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-574-5

Latest edition: 2014

Order code: 5745

Price: $35.00

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Ferret Ecology is the adaptation of Ferret It Out for a single student. It takes the same problem but alters the PBL experience so that an individual child can participate in the process of learning about the issues involved in trying to save an animal from extinction through discovery, research, and higher-order thinking.

The black-footed ferret is the most endangered mammal in the United States. The child is placed in the role of a member of a recovery team whose job it is to assess whether Fort Collins, Colorado, is an appropriate site to re-introduce ferrets that were bred in captivity.  

During the unit, the child must consider the interdependence of the ferrets with the population of prairie dogs and the antagonism of ranchers toward them. He or she has to calculate how many prairie dogs are essential for the survival of the black-footed ferret and consider the rights of homeowners and ranchers against the survival of the mammal. The child must take into account what may be causing ferret decline, including the problem of a genetic bottleneck. In the end, he or she must come to a decision about the problem and then try to persuade others to his or her point of view. Through the course of the unit, the child will learn about biomes, habitats, and human-animal interaction, as well as the complex issues that are involved and the conflicts of interests posed by trying to save the black-footed ferret from extinction.

Ferret Ecology: Problem Studies for One: Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-575-2

Order code: 5752

Price: $5.00

Ferret Ecology: Problem Studies for One: Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

Ferret Ecology: Problem Studies for One: Problem Log Cover

Ferret Ecology: Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Order code: 5745S

Price: $40.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual and one copy of the student Problem Log.

Black Death: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Subjects: Social Studies; Medieval History; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-089824719-0

Latest edition: 2014

Order code: 7195

Price: $25.00

Black Death: Teacher Manual Cover

National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

Black Death is based on the plague that devastated Europe in the mid-fourteenth century. The place is the northern Italian town of Lucca, and the year is 1348. Reports of the Black Death have reached Lucca. It has been marching north through Italy, laying waste to one community after another. In Florence, more than half of the city is dead or dying of the disease—and Florence is not that far away.

In this PBL unit, the students have been called as Elders of the People to an emergency meeting to decide what the people of Lucca should do. The information available is only what was suspected at the time—that foul vapors carried the disease through the air, for example, instead of fleas. This creates a situation in which the students must use logic and rational thinking to try to save the townspeople against a terrifying unknown, and it ultimately leads to interesting conversations about how medical professionals approach new diseases today.

For teaching one child, see Plague! Problem Studies for One.

National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

Black Death is based on the plague that devastated Europe in the mid-fourteenth century. The place is the northern Italian town of Lucca, and the year is 1348. Reports of the Black Death have reached Lucca. It has been marching north through Italy, laying waste to one community after another. In Florence, more than half of the city is dead or dying of the disease—and Florence is not that far away. 

In this PBL unit, the students have been called as Elders of the People to an emergency meeting to decide what the people of Lucca should do. The information available is only what was suspected at the time—that foul vapors carried the disease through the air, for example, instead of fleas. This creates a situation in which the students must use logic and rational thinking to try to save the townspeople against a terrifying unknown, and it ultimately leads to interesting conversations about how medical professionals approach new diseases today.

Black Death: Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

ISBN: 978-089824720-6

Order code: 7206

Price: $5.00

Black Death: Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit. 

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Sample Pages:

Black Death and Plague! Resource Book

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

ISBN: 978-089824-721-3

Order code: 7213

Price: $15.00

Black Death and Plague! Resource Book Cover

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that instructors will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that teachers will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

Note: This Resource Book is also used for a Problem Studies for One unit called Plague!, which is used with a single child.

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Sample Pages:

Black Death: Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Order code: 7195S

Price: $45.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Instructors will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each child.

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Classroom teachers will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each student.

Plague! Problem Studies for One: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Subjects: Social Studies; Medieval History; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-722-0

Latest edition: 2014

Order code: 7220

Price: $25.00

Plague! Problem Studies for One: Teacher Manual Cover

Plague! is the adaptation of Black Death for a single student. It takes the same problem but alters the PBL experience so that an individual child can participate in the process of learning about the issues involved in trying to save a town from the devastating effects of a lethal disease through discovery, research, and higher-order thinking.

Plague! is a unit based on the plague that devastated Europe in the mid-fourteenth century. The place is the northern Italian town of Lucca, and the year is 1348. Reports of the Black Death have reached Lucca. It has been marching north through Italy, laying waste to one community after another. In Florence, more than half of the city is dead or dying of the disease—and Florence is not that far away.

In this PBL unit, the child has been called as an Elder of the People to an emergency meeting to decide what the people of Lucca should do. The information available is only what was suspected at the time—that foul vapors carried the disease through the air, for example, instead of fleas. This creates a situation in which the child must use logic and rational thinking to try to save the townspeople against a terrifying unknown, and it ultimately leads to interesting conversations about how medical professionals approach new diseases today.

Note: The Resource Book for Plague! is the same as that used for Black Death. Click here for the Resource Book.

Plague! Problem Studies for One: Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-723-7

Order code: 7237

Price: $5.00

Plague! Problem Studies for One: Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

Plague! Problem Studies for One: Problem Log Cover

Plague! Problem Log Sample pages:

Plague! Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Order code: 7220S

Price: $45.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book.

It's Electrifying! An Exploration in Water-Based Alternative Energy: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Subjects: Science; Environment; Alternative energy; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-88092-882-3

Latest edition: 2015

Order code: 8823

Price: $35.00

It's Electrifying! An Exploration in Water-Based Alternative Energy: Teacher Manual Cover

2015 National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

It's Electrifying! presents the problem of whether Virginia Beach, Virginia, will accept alternative energy supplies and which source of energy would be most beneficial with the least environmental impact: wave energy, tidal energy, or offshore wind farms. In this unit, students are placed in the role of engineers whose job is to select new, innovative options for energy production. The science and technology focus is on how wind, water, and gravitational pull are converted into electricity. After studying the options, the students consider the social and environmental impacts, along with opinions and input from local government officials, environmentalists, local protesters, and business suppliers. Ultimately they must make a recommendation as to which form of energy would be best for the area, and they must make a convincing proposal for it.

This unit offers students an opportunity to explore clean energy technologies and to understand that the issues involved in implementing them are complex and multifacted. This unit is especially relevant to the current conversation on energy production in the United States and around the world.

2015 National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

It's Electrifying! presents the problem of whether Virginia Beach, Virginia, will accept alternative energy supplies and which source of energy would be most beneficial with the least environmental impact: wave energy, tidal energy, or offshore wind farms. In this unit, students are placed in the role of engineers whose job is to select new, innovative options for energy production. The science and technology focus is on how wind, water, and gravitational pull are converted into electricity. After studying the options, the students consider the social and environmental impacts, along with opinions and input from local government officials, environmentalists, local protesters, and business suppliers. Ultimately they must make a recommendation as to which form of energy would be best for the area, and they must make a convincing proposal for it.

This unit offers students an opportunity to explore clean energy technologies and to understand that the issues involved in implementing them are complex and multifacted. This unit is especially relevant to the current conversation on energy production in the United States and around the world.

It's Electrifying! Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

ISBN: 978-0-88092-883-0

Order code: 8830

Price: $5.00

It's Electrifying! Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit. 

It's Electrifying! Problem Log Cover

Sample Pages:

It's Electrifying! Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Order code: 8823S

Price: $40.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual and one copy of the student Problem Log. Instructors will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each child.

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual and one copy of the student Problem Log. Classroom teachers will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each student.

A Final Appeal: The First Amendment and To Kill a Mockingbird: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Subjects: Social Studies; English Language Arts; First Amendment; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-730-5

Latest edition: 2013

Order code: 7305

Price: $25.00

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A teacher has been fired for using To Kill a Mockingbird in her class. She sued the district and lost.  Now she is appealing to a district court. In this PBL unit, the students take on the role of members of the court of appeals who must decide the case.

Based on an actual court case, A Final Appeal instructs students in the nuances of the First Amendment. Framed around the concept of continuity, students learn how court decisions are made as they address the same questions facing real judges. What speech is protected, and what is not? What are the rights of employers and employees? What is the role of stare decicis, the rule that compels judges to follow precedent cases? Students also learn about the structure of the U.S. court system—and if there is time, they read To Kill a Mockingbird, too! 

This unit is perfect for middle school or high school government courses, language arts courses, or interdisciplinary instruction.

A teacher has been fired for using To Kill a Mockingbird in her class. She sued the district and lost.  Now she is appealing to a district court. In this PBL unit, the students take on the role of members of the court of appeals who must decide the case. 

Based on an actual court case, A Final Appeal instructs students in the nuances of the First Amendment. Framed around the concept of continuity, students learn how court decisions are made as they address the same questions facing real judges. What speech is protected, and what is not? What are the rights of employers and employees? What is the role of stare decicis, the rule that compels judges to follow precedent cases? Students also learn about the structure of the U.S. court system—and if there is time, they read To Kill a Mockingbird, too!  

This unit is perfect for middle school or high school government courses, language arts courses, or interdisciplinary instruction.

A Final Appeal: The First Amendment and To Kill a Mockingbird: Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

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A Final Appeal: Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-731-2

Order code: 7312

Price: $5.00

A Final Appeal: Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit. 

A Final Appeal: Problem Log Cover

Sample Pages:

A Final Appeal: Resource Book

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-732-9

Order code: 7329

Price: $15.00

A Final Appeal: Resource Book Cover

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that instructors will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that teachers will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

A Final Appeal: Resource Book Cover

Sample Pages:

A Final Appeal: Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Order code: 7305S

Price: $45.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Instructors will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each child.

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Classroom teachers will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each student.

All Work and No Play: Child Labor in the Progressive Era: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Subjects: Social Studies; American History; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-460-1

Latest edition: 2013

Order code: 4601

Price: $25.00

All Work and No Play: Child Labor in the Progressive Era: Teacher Manual Cover

This is a high school-level unit focusing on child labor during the Progressive Era of American history. In this PBL unit, students take on the role of members of the National Child Labor Committee preparing for a congressional hearing. Presented with photographs from Lewis Hine, they launch into questions about the extent and nature of child labor, the differences in child labor in industry versus agriculture, the background of child laborers, existing regulations on child labor, and more.

The problem is complicated when the students learn that the parents of the children want them to work and are in dire need of the additional income provided by them, as well as by the fact that an overwhelming majority of the children say that they want to work and would prefer it to going to school. Putting restrictions on the rights of children to work could be economically devastating for families and keeps children from progressing in the careers that will support their own families someday. 

Faced with these facts, the students must decide what recommendations to make to protect child laborers—a difficult task. The unit culminates as the students present their recommendations at the hearing.

This is a high school-level unit focusing on child labor during the Progressive Era of American history. In this PBL unit, students take on the role of members of the National Child Labor Committee preparing for a congressional hearing. Presented with photographs from Lewis Hine, they launch into questions about the extent and nature of child labor, the differences in child labor in industry versus agriculture, the background of child laborers, existing regulations on child labor, and more. 

The problem is complicated when the students learn that the parents of the children want them to work and are in dire need of the additional income provided by them, as well as by the fact that an overwhelming majority of the children say that they want to work and would prefer it to going to school. Putting restrictions on the rights of children to work could be economically devastating for families and keeps children from progressing in the careers that will support their own families someday. 

Faced with these facts, the students must decide what recommendations to make to protect child laborers—a difficult task. The unit culminates as the students present their recommendations at the hearing.

All Work and No Play: Child Labor in the Progressive Era: Teacher Manual Cover

Sample Pages:

All Work and No Play: Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-459-5

Order code: 4595

Price: $5.00

All Work and No Play: Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit. 

All Work and No Play: Problem Log Cover

Sample Pages:

All Work and No Play: Resource Book

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-461-8

Order code: 4618

Price: $15.00

All Work and No Play: Resource Book Cover

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that instructors will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that teachers will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

All Work and No Play: Resource Book Cover

Sample Pages:

All Work and No Play: Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Order code: 4601S

Price: $45.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Instructors will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each child.

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Classroom teachers will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each student.

Hull House: Living Democracy in the Progressive Era: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Subjects: Social Studies; American History; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-471-7

Latest edition: 2013

Order code: 4717

Price: $25.00

Hull House: Living Democracy in the Progressive Era: Teacher Manual Cover

2012 National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

This is a middle school-level unit focusing on the Progressive Era of American history through a specific problem faced by the Board of Directors of the Hull House in Chicago, the landmark settlement house.

Jane Addams, Hull House co-founder, has lobbied for labor reform, and as a result, a prominent Chicagoan has threatened to withdraw financial support. Hull House had been planning to start programs to improve health, advocate for better working conditions, provide educational programs, support better juvenile justice, and improve housing. Now there is funding available for only one of these projects.

As members of the Board of Directors, the students must decide which project to fund. As they consider their options, they learn about the living and working conditions of America’s immigrant poor during the Progressive Era through the study of primary resources, letters, cartoons, and newspaper articles. Using guided discussions and graphic organizers, they synthesize this information as they compare the consequences of a variety of social ills. In doing, so they uncover underlying issues and prejudices and discover the inequities of the time.

An optional kicker, or twist in the story, introduces an interdisciplinary connection through The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

2012 National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

This is a middle school-level unit focusing on the Progressive Era of American history through a specific problem faced by the Board of Directors of the Hull House in Chicago, the landmark settlement house.

Jane Addams, Hull House co-founder, has lobbied for labor reform, and as a result, a prominent Chicagoan has threatened to withdraw financial support. Hull House had been planning to start programs to improve health, advocate for better working conditions, provide educational programs, support better juvenile justice, and improve housing. Now there is funding available for only one of these projects.

As members of the Board of Directors, the students must decide which project to fund. As they consider their options, they learn about the living and working conditions of America’s immigrant poor during the Progressive Era through the study of primary resources, letters, cartoons, and newspaper articles. Using guided discussions and graphic organizers, they synthesize this information as they compare the consequences of a variety of social ills. In doing, so they uncover underlying issues and prejudices and discover the inequities of the time.

An optional kicker, or twist in the story, introduces an interdisciplinary connection through The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

Hull House: Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-470-0

Order code: 4700

Price: $5.00

Hull House: Problem Log Cover

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit. 

Hull House: Problem Log Cover

Sample Pages:

Hull House: Resource Book

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-472-4

Order code: 4724

Price: $15.00

Hull House: Resource Book Cover

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that instructors will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that teachers will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

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Hull House: Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.; Plowden, Dana L.

Order code: 4717S

Price: $45.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Instructors will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each child.

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Classroom teachers will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each student.

Excluded! Chinese Immigration to the United States: Teacher Manual

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Subjects: Social Studies; American History; Immigration; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-456-4

Latest edition: 2013

Order code: 4564

Price: $25.00

Excluded! Chinese Immigration to the United States: Teacher Manual Cover

National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

This is a high school-level unit focusing on the Chinese exclusion laws, which were enacted in the 1880s to prevent further Chinese immigration or settlement in the U.S. In this PBL unit, students take on the role of government officials, using values and priorities that represent concern for the public good. They investigate how and why the Chinese exclusion laws came into being from the vantage point of Congressmen and -women from California trying to decide whether to support the Geary Act.

The students are forced to consider what reasonable limits can or should be placed on immigration in a country that urges: "bring us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.…"  To understand the background, students investigate why Chinese immigrants first came to America, the rate of Chinese immigration, changing attitudes toward Chinese immigrants, the initial Chinese exclusion law, and Supreme Court decisions supporting that act. They are faced with conflicts between the rights of citizens versus those of immigrants, the fact that Chinese were recruited to America, and the similarities and differences between Chinese and other immigrant groups. 

Ultimately the students must decide what to do to solve the problem of the influx of immigrants as they ponder the short- and long-term consequences of their decision. This unit is especially relevent to the current conversation on immigration to the United States, and students will draw powerful parallels to contemporary immigration issues.

National Association for Gifted Children curriculum award winner!

This is a high school-level unit focusing on the Chinese exclusion laws, which were enacted in the 1880s to prevent further Chinese immigration or settlement in the U.S. In this PBL unit, students take on the role of government officials, using values and priorities that represent concern for the public good. They investigate how and why the Chinese exclusion laws came into being from the vantage point of Congressmen and -women from California trying to decide whether to support the Geary Act.

The students are forced to consider what reasonable limits can or should be placed on immigration in a country that urges: "bring us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.…"  To understand the background, students investigate why Chinese immigrants first came to America, the rate of Chinese immigration, changing attitudes toward Chinese immigrants, the initial Chinese exclusion law, and Supreme Court decisions supporting that act. They are faced with conflicts between the rights of citizens versus those of immigrants, the fact that Chinese were recruited to America, and the similarities and differences between Chinese and other immigrant groups. 

Ultimately the students must decide what to do to solve the problem of the influx of immigrants as they ponder the short- and long-term consequences of their decision. This unit is especially relevent to the current conversation on immigration to the United States, and students will draw powerful parallels to contemporary immigration issues.

Excluded! Problem Log

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

ISBN: 978-0-89824-455-7

Order code: 4557

Price: $5.00

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The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to children as they progress through the unit. 

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit. 

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Excluded! Resource Book

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

ISBN: 978-0-089824-721-3

Order code: 4571

Price: $15.00

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The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that instructors will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

The Resource Book contains primary source documents and other materials that teachers will need to provide to students as they work through the unit.

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Excluded! Unit Set

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Order code: 4564S

Price: $45.00

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Instructors will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each child.

The unit set includes the Teacher Manual, one copy of the student Problem Log, and the Resource Book. Classroom teachers will need to order additional copies of the Problem Log—one for each student.

Problem-Based Learning in Your Homeschool

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Subjects: Homeschool Curriculum; Teaching Strategies; Instructor Resources; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

ISBN: 978-0-89824-8616

Order code: 8616

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

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Each of Dr. Gallagher's problem-based learning (PBL) units provides all the instruction that parents or other instructors need to complete the unit with their children. However, for instructors who want more in-depth information about how PBL originated, why it is effective, and how best to implement PBL strategies that will ensure that children have a successful experience, Problem-Based Learning in Your Homeschool is a practical guide and a helpful resource. 

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Problem-Based Learning in Your Classroom

Author: Gallagher, Dr. Shelagh A.

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Teaching Strategies; Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

ISBN: 978-0-89824-862-3

Order code: 8623

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Problem-Based Learning in Your Classroom Cover

Each of Dr. Gallagher's problem-based learning (PBL) units provides all the instruction teachers need to complete the unit with students. However, for teachers who want more in-depth information about how PBL originated, why it is effective, and how best to implement PBL strategies that will ensure that students have a successful experience, Problem-Based Learning in Your Classroom is a practical guide and a helpful resource. 

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