THE 5th GRADERS just completed a human rights Project Based Learning unit that brought their learning of the UDHR to life.
One goal of this unit was to shine a light on the fact that protecting human rights is work that is needed now, in our own communities. By asking students to research an organization and interview a person from that organization working in the field, they learned that there are important groups on the ground today continuing the work to protect human rights.
Another goal of this inquiry unit was to personalize the learning experience for each student. Through a survey, students analyzed their strengths and then chose a creative way to demonstrate their learning.
THE 4th GRADERS completed a Project Based Learning unit that connected their learning of animal defense mechanisms to solving a real-world problem facing endangered birds in Colorado.
One goal of this unit was to engage in deep learning about how animals use their bodies and behaviors to survive. We wanted to bring this learning to life and expose the impact humans have on animals and their lifeline, the ecosystem. By partnering with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Denver Audubon, our students learned about threatened and endangered bird species in our own backyard. They each researched and learned what each species needs to survive and why they are now at risk.
Another goal of this inquiry unit was to personalize the learning experience for each student. Students used the Design Thinking model to research and prototype a potential solution to the problems Colorado birds face. They presented their models to a panel of experts to get feedback on their prototypes and research process.