Take a moment to watch the Five-Year-Olds Pilot Their Own Project Learning video below:
“Themes and projects are strategies for breaking away rigid designated
time blocks…Thematic teaching allows children to investigate topics
thoroughly in an integrated manner…Project work has been shown to be a
successful method of meeting standards” (Benson & Miller, 2008; Helm
2008). Review Chapter 16 of the required text for more information
about thematic teaching. Locate a set of standards for math and science
and describe a cross-curricular, student-centered project that meets
those standards in an integrated way.
Share three math content standards and three science content standards.
Then, develop a project that meets these standards. Describe your
project and identify two ways in which this project is developmentally
appropriate. Also explain your approach for making your project
Interview two early childhood teachers about long-term, cross-curricular
projects that they have implemented in their classroom, and discuss the
standards addressed in these projects. Share the details of these
projects with the class.