First Thanksgiving PBL
This PBL was created to be fully completed in two-three full days but could be completed over a few weeks. It requires group collaboration and discussion within students. Students are tasked with the job of researching and creating a newfound town in which they will use what they have learned about the First Thanksgiving in order to design their town. They will be examining the importance of the Native Americans and the cause and effect that it had on the Pilgrims.
The standards covered in this project range from ELA, writing, social studies. science and math skills. It is a cross curricular project that is very engaging for students. The teacher's role is to guide students in their thinking and not just to give answers. Students will have to successfully figure out how to work together in this PBL.
Room transformation: You can transform your room into a long lost island that your students stumble upon. Depending on the region you would like your students to be in would depend on what you would have up in your room. For example, if you tasked your students with a forest - you could have trees built out of butcher paper, leaves cut out of construction paper or bought in the craft section. Live/fake plants throughout the room. Stuffed animals or drawn out animals scattered throughout the forest. If you chose to do a beach-y region, you could have palm trees made out of butcher paper and coconuts made out of styrofoam balls. You could have a small baby pool full of sand and crabs.
The sky is your limit with this project! Students will enjoy the creativity and collaboration that this project entails. My students don't even realize that their learning because they are having fun working together and having choice in what they are doing.