Project Based Learning: It’s All Greek To Me

BY Karen Sabetta and Jane Kittredge

Forestdale Elementary School

 

Goals, objectives, and activities

Our goal is to implement a Project Based Learning Unit on the study of Ancient Greece.  After introducing Ancient Greece through myths and readings in the social studies and English books, students will have the opportunity to choose an aspect of Ancient Greece on which to concentrate.  Students will develop an interactive presentation for their topic that involves a multi-media component, brochure, and an original myth written in the form of a children’s book.  Presentations will be open to all other grade levels of the school in a celebration of Ancient Greece.

 

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

Success will be determined by the quality of student presentations and brochures as evaluated by teachers from other grade levels who attend the celebration, peer feedback, and teacher grading using a presentation rubric.  Brochures and myths will be evaluated for appropriate format, editing, and content.  We will also be inviting district administrators to the celebration to evaluate Project Based Learning and provide feedback for students and for us.  In addition, the excitement and involvement of younger students will be a barometer for success.

 

Benefit to the students and the school

In the unique configuration of a K-8 school, the opportunity to share learning with younger grades is always an amazing change to build community.  In addition, as 7th and 8th grade students are moving to the STEM Academy at the high school next year, this project is a chance for teachers and students to practice Project Based Learning and use the tenets upon which it is based: cooperation, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.  In addition, it gives 7th grade students an authentic audience for their work.

 

Budget (Please detail how funding will be used. Itemize as appropriate.)

350 for books on Ancient Greece — including picture books on myths, and informational text on life in Ancient Greece to update our selection of books we have and to replace old/worn books

150 for art/printing supplies to make brochures and the children’s book based on an original myth

 

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable.)

March 2014 (but the books will be used in future years)