Project based learning ideas for first grade
How to design project-based learning activities
One of my favorite stories is about the gingerbread man, but have you heard about the gingerbread baby? Take a look at how I use these gingerbread baby games to bring some holiday magic to my classroom. Baby Gingerbread Activities We began this lesson with one of my favorite stories, Jan Brett’s The Gingerbread Baby…. Continue reading
This First Thanksgiving unit will make your students’ lessons on long ago and today more engaging and memorable. Take a look at how we learned about the pilgrim children’s everyday lives through these eight hands-on stations. We’ve been learning more about Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims lived their lives. We came to a decision… Continue reading
During the month of October, do you need a fun way to keep your little monsters occupied and learning? Take a look at these fun Halloween events for kids in the classroom. Every year around Halloween, I like to do some non-scary activities with my students. When we spend a day in the park in October, it’s one of the best days of the year… Continue reading
Project based learning: why, how, and examples
Let us fast forward. In the last ten years, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time working with elementary schools, teachers, and students in some way (administrator, teaching, curriculum design, technology, consulting etc).
I’ve heard a lot from elementary school teachers all over the country who continue to inspire me, but nothing has made me more focused on what creativity and project-based learning look like than my own students.
Yes, I have four children, all under the age of nine (it’s a blast…and a little crazy at our house!). Right now, two of them are in kindergarten, and I love seeing their faces light up when they come home from school, either working on a project or excited about the day’s learning activities.
So, if this is what the study says about PBL, why are so many schools still getting caught up in the test prep trap? Why do so many teachers believe they won’t be able to make the transition to PBL? Why hasn’t there been a widespread acceptance of PBL as a best and most successful approach for all students?
When an Elementary teacher asked me a few weeks ago, “What does this Really look like in an Elementary classroom?” I was ecstatic to put together this article with lots of real-life PBL K-5 examples.
The children’s school (project-based learning)
As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, project-based learning is a powerful way to not only impart knowledge through discovery, but also to encourage and develop a number of other skills and habits such as communication, imagination, interest, trust, and collaboration.
As a result, the Internet is overwhelmed with amazing PBL ideas and projects posted by teachers from all over the United States on sites like YouTube and Pinterest. PBL ideas that use digital rather than physical resources are less popular.
There are varying viewpoints on the utility and wisdom of using digital technologies to teach very young students. We looked at some of the best online tools for elementary school teachers who want to blend their classrooms in my previous blog on the topic.
Today, I’ll give you a more detailed example of how Woodcrest Elementary School in the Fullerton School District in California has built fantastic digital learning environments for its K1 students, especially in the area of literacy. Susie Wren, a technology coordinator, and Kindergarten teachers Cari Bailey and Jennifer Brkich generously shared their ISTE 2017 experience, and all of the tools can be found here.
Plan with me: project based learning
When young students are able to engage in social events, they excel. This theory is understood by project-based learning (PBL), which takes an experiential approach to education. Continue reading to learn how to use PBL for your first-graders.
Basics of Project-Based Learning
Students learn by doing and finding answers to a key question in project-based learning environments. PBL is usually initiated by the instructor asking an open-ended critical question. PBL has a variety of distinguishing features, including the following: For any age group, but particularly for younger students, planning a PBL lesson is an exciting but challenging experience. Let’s look at some strategies for promoting PBL in a first-grade classroom.