Project based learning with integrated STEM challenge – All Ability Playground. Your students will work in teams to accomplish the tasks needed to see a project from start to finish! Along the way, they will need to creatively problem solve, plan, utilize their math skills (for money activities, area, and perimeter calculations), and use a skill that is often forgotten about – common sense!
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The four main responsibilities in the project are:
– completes the project schedule, oversees the project
– completes the budgeting and order forms
– Comes up with ideas for fundraising and advertising
– Chooses playground location and equipment layout
The responsibilities can be split up differently depending on your team sizes.
Along the way, your students will encounter unknowns, such as how much money their fundraiser has earned them, and how construction issues or weather has delayed their project. They will also need to weigh and balance choices based factors such as lead time and price.
In addition to choosing inclusive playground equipment, fencing, and a contractor to install the equipment (all from an included catalog), they will also complete a STEM challenge
where they will design a unique structure for their playground and create a model of it. This Is what makes their playground unique from the other teams and allows them to explore the challenges some kids might face when playing at a playground.
Notes for the Teacher
Instructions and Samples
Is it accessible? Images of real playgrounds to discuss.
Cover Page for the project folder
Team Member Responsibilities
Project Delay Cards
Fundraising Amount Cards
Locate a Site
Equipment Catalog and Order Form
Grand Opening Ad
Summary and Follow Up
Color and Alternate Page Options
Worksheet pages are provided to work through all of the steps needed, though some activities you may choose to do digitally (in a spreadsheet, in a slide presentation, etc.).