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PROJECT BASED LEARNING: 'Busco Elementary School gives it a try

February 17, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — It’s all fun and games at Churubusco Elementary School … well on a special night anyway. Recently, parents and second-grade students in Pat Naragon’s class finished a five-week-long Project Based Learning (PBL) activity with fun and games the children created themselves.

“In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge,” said Naragon.

Through the project, the students encountered several real life experiences. The project itself met many different comprehension standards, which included “compare and contrast,” “summarizing,” “fantasy and reality,” “problem and solutions,” “story elements,” “character traits,” “genre studies of fiction,” “nonfiction” and “historical fiction.”

It also covered language standards of friendly letters and response to literature. Twenty-first century skills of collaboration and presentation were also stressed throughout the project. The project itself took approximately five weeks to complete.
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