Throughout the year, we collaborate with Mrs. Rankin and Enrichment class to enhance the learning in our classrooms. Students spent three enrichment classes creating and making something that would share their learning about the Westward Expansion topic of their choice.
We had students cooking, creating green screen videos, making 3D projects from wagons to models of gold rush panning and the Alamo. I love giving the students freedom to create anything that showcases their learning and to see what they produce. I also really valued that students wanted to include reports and information that they had collected in their classrooms during their research. I think that creating a project at the end of a learning process can be a great way to give students creative freedom and to help them synthesize the knowledge they have acquired.
Sharing their learning in a project was great, but what gave it additional meaning was the knowledge that they would also share their projects with second graders and in the display case at the front of RES....as well as online in this blog post. As second graders prepare for grade 3....this connection at the end of the year is meaningful for all!
Here is a glimpse into the share with Grade 2:
This post originally appeared on Mrs. Rankin's Enrichment at RES blog.