6th Grade Social Studies Project based Learning The Mayans Project
Students 6th graders were in CLIC all week doing a Project based lesson unit on the Mayan's for social studies. Students created historically accurate models and artifacts based on Mayan culture. This includes creating Mayan temples, masks, musical instruments, vessels and burial urns, and codices (books). Students loved working with diverse materials and every class came up with different interpretations of the how they would represent the Mayan artifacts. Students worked with clay, plaster, leather, styrofoam, ink, paint, and even (cement sonic tubes to make their drums). Students worked in groups and individually to come up with creative solutions. These projects were not easy and students worked hard to make their Mayan projects respectful and accurate of Mayan ancient culture. I was impressed by the intensity and dedication of the students. They came to CLIC during lunch periods and free time to work on their projects. We hope to be completely finished next week so we can display their work for the school to enjoy and learn about Mayan culture.
Mrs. Kelleher's 4th Grade Social Studies on the Northeast Project
Mrs. Kelleher's 4th grade class began a Project based learning project in CLIC. They first researched their Northeastern state in Social studies. I stopped by their classroom to hear about each student's ideas of how they would like to represent their state in a project format. Students then came and spent time in CLIC beginning their projects and will work on them this week. I love to see how the children figure out what they will feature to represent their state. It is also challenging to construct their 3-dimensional projects to stay up and be well built. We hope to be finished this week.
Next week, I will be featuring the 6th grade Social Studies Project Base Learning on the Mayans. Students have been coming to CLIC last week and the upcoming week to create projects based on Mayan cultural studies. Students are busy creating Mayan masks, temples, codices, urns, and musical instruments. There isn't a moment the CLIC room is not full of children creating hands-on projects during the school day as well as before and after school in academic clubs.