October is a great time to explore themes of fall and Halloween, like bats, spiders, pumpkins, and even monsters. These topics can be used in cross curricular activities that engage and interest kids. Now take it a step further and push your students with this PBL & Jelly activities that are perfect for the primary level.
Included are four individual PBL activities:
-Design A Pumpkin Patch
-The Importance of Bats
-My Pet Monster
Within each task, students will be designing, problem-solving, and using their imagination to complete a PBL that will be completely individualized to their own needs. Each PBL focuses on getting students to use their imagination and creativity, while focusing on literacy skills (writing, spelling, using vocabulary) as they complete each PBL.
-Also included are two separate versions of handwriting lines (regular and primary lines).
The PBL can last anywhere from 45-90 minutes in length depending on the grade level. Most pages can take between 15-30 minutes to complete, including the writing, drawing, and discussions.
There is also a sample of how this can be used 4 or 5 days of the week, along with additional items and activities that can be used for teaching students. These PBL and Jelly Activities can be used as whole class lesson or for independent work.
Each PBL has a recommended companions texts that could be read to the class at the beginning of the lesson. Or these same books could be available for students to look through. Many of these books can be found in the library and even online.
One of the key tenants of project based learning is allowing the students to drive their learning. That’s why these focus on allowing students to make their own choices. By the end of each activity students will have completed a version that is unique and their own, based on their own abilities.
Multiple Content Areas
Project Based Learning includes multiple content areas (ELA, math, social studies, science) and these are no exception. They allow teachers to incorporate multiple content areas into a single lesson such as spiraling writing and science together or reading and social studies. Plus there’s the need for students to practice problem solving, making connections, collaborating with classmates, and sharing their findings (or creations).
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