The "Our Neighborhood" project introduces kids to structured ways of thinking and expressing ideas about the people, places and things that matter most to them. The lessons build on the information and experiences that the children and the instructors already have about the culture around them. Click below to see the lesson plan for each of the eight sessions.
"The Soil Around Us" project introduces collaborative reading, writing and groupwork processes, such as brainstorming, labeling, mapping and storyboarding. Computer-based activities emphasize multimedia skills, such as creating and editing drawings, photos and text, and introduce basic Internet navigation skills. Click below to see the lesson plan for each of the eight sessions.
Inspiration is a software program that helps people organize their thoughts and make simple presentations. In this project, you'll introduce kids to the basic features of Inspiration and have them create a web map to present ideas for their own zoo.
Part of growing up is developing reasoning skills, such as logical thought processes and the ability to discern multiple types of relationships between concepts. Reasoning skills are an important part of organizing thoughts for a report, constructing a story, using a reference book, conducting an interview or navigating the internet to find information.
In this project, learners do a survey and create a spreadsheet using the data. Keep in mind that you could also do a survey project just with pen and paper, or you could have the group take photos to illustrate their findings and build a Web page with the results.
This is a simple and powerful project to engage kids in reading aloud and to integrate drawing into your class, especially with younger children. Kids create their own pictures from reading along in a chapter book.