I’ve heard of a PBJ… But what is PBL?

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through a planned process that helps them answer a driving question, problem or challenge. While allowing for student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn important academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations for real audiences. – Buck Institute

Two summers ago the third grade teaching team worked through a series of classes to become PBL certified teachers. We are excited to use this approach to teach our science and social studies along with covering many of our reading and writing areas with this method.

We have 4 projects currently scheduled for this year and we have recently started  the first one called Caine’s Arcade. It’s driving question is “What good is a cardboard box?” This project is covering our force and motion science objectives and some of our writing and reading. I invite you to look up the story that inspired this first project. These two videos will give you an idea of what we working towards. Stay tuned for more posts to keep you updated on our progress.