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What's so great about Project-Based learning? Read to learn how projects can help kids apply higher-order thinking skills, conduct thoughtful investigations, and make cross curricular connections. This short article includes five wonderful projects for you to try with your class.
Community service is the basis for a project based learning experience. Your class participates in four weekly activities that require them to research community issues and contribute their time and talent to assist those in need. This is what I call community, collaboration, and great learning.
As an introduction to the lesson, learners verify the Pythagorean theorem with a hands-on proof. Then, pupils use the theorem to determine whether three side lengths could form a right triangle and choose one of two real-life situations to examine using the theorem. Terrific activities and worksheets are embedded.
Looking for a fine series of lessons on weather? These lessons are for you! Here, learners cover topics such as the hydrologic cycle, clouds, the atmosphere, air movement, weather fronts, and forecasting the weather. They engage in quite a few hands-on activities and experiments where they get to use real scientific equipment. This 29-page plan is chock-full of worksheets, resource links, and detailed descriptions of excellent activities.
A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures is par-for-the-course for most fifth grade classrooms. This set of lesson plans is worth looking into if you are a fifth grade teacher! In them, learners focus on the geography and culture of the Meso-American civilizations. They engage in hands-on activities and a host of language arts-based activities that require them to listen, write, read, and speak in front of others. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fine series of plans.
Tenth graders explore mathematics by participating in hands-on daily activities. Learners identify a list of different shapes and classify them by shape, size, sides and vertices. They utilize tangrams and geometric pieces to gain an understanding of the shapes before using protractors and rulers to answer measurement questions.
Eighth graders examine the role West Virginia played during the Civil War. In this research instructional activity, 8th graders construct and pose original questions to spark a student driven inquiry. Students will form small groups and use historical artifacts to assist them in forming research questions. This instructional activity incorporates a museum visit as well as the Project-Based Learning Process.
Learners study the Arctic polar bear, and its body coverings, to see how it survives in the harsh Arctic climate. This activity was developed in North Carolina, and specifically suggests a trip to the North Carolina Zoological Park. However, the basis of the activity could be completed without the field trip component. There is a good hands-on simulation involving thermometers, and some excellent supplemental information and extension ideas embedded in the plan.
The story The Tiny Seed kicks off a wonderful hands on inquiry about seeds, plants, and scientific observations. Little ones examine the parts of a plant, discuss the book The Tiny Seed, and label the parts of a plant. They take observational photographs of a seed to document its growth over a period of weeks.
Learners explore two and three-dimensional objects with a hands-on approach and an element of chance. Groups choose the name of a solid figure from a "hat" and work with that shape. They sketch it, determine the number and shapes of faces, and present their shape to the rest of the class, jigsaw style. They cut foam shapes to explore the properties of the different faces that result.
Young learners will view a math adventures video and practice math concepts. Afterwards they will navigate through Internet sites to participate in teacher selected math adventures. This guide walks you through integrating technology with your math curriculum and provides links to internet resources. Lots of great ideas for incorporating technology into your classroom.