First grade students recently completed a PBL project that focused on bugs!
PBL stands for Project Based Learning and is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, complex question, problem, or challenge.
In Guided Reading, students read non-fiction books about the differences of insects and bugs. To apply what they learned, they each created clay insects to show the three segmented body parts (a head, thorax, and abdomen) of an insect.
As part of their writing lessons, the students worked on comparing and contrasting insects and bugs using a Venn Diagram.
Using topics that students are naturally interested in, like bugs, provides opportunities to use that subject matter across the curriculum and Ms. Katie was sure to do that!