Saturday, May 20, 2017

Planning a Project Based Learning Summer Camp

If your school offers summer programs for students, I highly recommend planning and implementing a summer project based learning camp. Beat the "summer slide" with motivating projects that include 21st Century Skills and curriculum standards. The Buck Institute for Education has a list of project based learning units that can be found on their website. If you're new to project based learning, BIE provides templates for planning your project. So, take the plunge and host your own project based learning summer camp.

Plan your own project based learning summer program. Keep students learning in a fun way with high-interest activities with 21st Century Skills and core standards.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5 Tips in Planning a Fantasy Vacation: a PBL Writing and Math Project

Many of your students may not have an opportunity to go on a family trip during summer break. So, let them plan a fantasy vacation with this fun Project Based Learning Writing and Math Project! While learning about a state or country, your students can plan the vacation. You may even have students who want to plan a "Stay-cation" and research fun places to visit around their own town or city.

Make this the best end of year activity yet with this PBL writing unit where your 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom or home school students plan a fantasy vacation for their family. Your students will work on research, math, and writing skills while engaging in this fun project based learning unit. See the five portions of this resource that will have your students learning and engaged from the first moment. {third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth graders}

Monday, May 8, 2017

Why End the Year With a Project Based Learning Unit?

I'm sure your students and you are tired from testing and ready to end the year! Are you students losing interest in school? Are you having to deal with behavior issues that you didn't have earlier in the year? Do you wonder how you're going to keep your students engaged with just a few weeks left? In this post, I'll give you a few reasons why it's a good idea to end the year with a project based learning unit.

Why end the year with a project based learning unit? Students will be engaged and motivated to learn. Let your upper elementary students solve real world problems and complete challenges today. These ideas are great for after state testing in your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom. Even home school students and families will love these ideas. STEM, PBL, student ownership and leadership, and much more can all be accomplished in a fun way. {third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}
Saturday, May 6, 2017

3 High-Interest Economics Units for Project Based Learning

Are you kids already bored this summer? Are you trying to figure out how to keep them entertained in a meaningful way? I have just the solution for you! Why not open a ice cream shop? Or, open a bake shop or pizzeria? I have 3 high-interest economics units for project based learning units that your students or your own children can do now and this summer. And, they can learn about economics and experience running their own business. I can't think of a better way to uncover standards, 21st Century Skills, and real-world learning.

If you're on the lookout for high interest economics units for project based learning (PBL). Your upper elementary students will love the ideas presented here! Use these during the spring and summer months, or any time your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom students want some STEM or STEAM fun utilizing 21st Century Skills. Check out the ice cream shop, food trucks, and mini golf. (third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders - home school - homeschool}

Friday, May 5, 2017

Celebrate the Mexican Culture With Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated every year on May 5th. In Texas, there are festivals all over the state. Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican militia over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is not Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16. I have some ideas you'll love as you Celebrate the Mexican Culture With Cinco de Mayo.

Your students can learn about other cultures and their celebrations. This post is filled with activities about Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. These activities work well with grades 2-5.

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