Project-Based Learning Provides ‘Aha Moment’ for Students, Teachers

As a former technology curriculum specialist in the RCMA Charter Schools network, I am proud to highlight a successful project-based learning unit our kindergarten students completed in spring 2016. The students were engaged in the unit for twelve instructional  days; the unit was inspired by a 2012 Kinderworld blog post by Jamie Knudson. Students examined the question: Which community role—scientist, architect, or engineer—is the most important to build a neighborhood?2,3

Students designed models using boxes, construction paper, and crafting materials; showcased their understanding of shapes found in structures; described measurable attributes of their models, such as height and width; and designed the layout of their community as scientists, architects, and engineers.3

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