Come along on a fun project-based adventure as students practice different forms of writing, geography skills, computer and internet technology skills, engineering and design skills, math skills, public speaking, creativity, and art.
Here is your Gold Medal Standard project based learning unit ready to go. Because this project-based unit relies heavily on student creativity and invention, the key knowledge, understanding, and success skills can be scaffolded across many grade levels. This unit is a staple of my 5th grade advanced literacy class but can be stretched from 3rd to 8th grades.
In this activity, students imagine they are reporters in the field for a digital and print travel magazine. Our students travel to tourist attractions virtually via digital and print resources where they read about, map, and write a summary about the attraction. Students then complete a written, artistic, graphic design or creative response and dispatch their findings back to the editors and publishers of the travelzine. Students document and collect their journey on their very own key ring—complete with a key and keychain—and store away all the products of their adventure for public display later on. The road trip adventure is truly a project based cross-curricular adventure—combining key knowledge, understanding, and success skills with invention and self-expressive voice and choice. Students collaborate, sustain inquiry throughout, reflect, critique, and revise authentic public products. In the end, we share products throughout the entire grade level in our Road Trip Hallway and show them off to parents in a classroom display.
Make this a daily project from start to finish or spread it out over a couple weeks, a month, a semester, or even an entire school year as your students’ imaginations (sustained inquiry) take them from one attraction to the next all across the United States (or any other region). The menu items meet Common Core Standards across the curriculum from your grade level—whereupon students naturally work to meet standards in an effort to shine.
Supplies: A map and common classroom craft materials.
Level: 3rd to 8th grades
Duration: 10 hours to weeks and weeks . . .