Elementary school kids are connecting the dots of project based learning with lessons that are based on the math book for young children, “Ten Black Dots”. Students at Sonoma Elementary excited about project-based learning.

Connecting the Dots of Project Based LearningChildren in Erin Willard’s kindergarten class at Sonoma Elementary School began asking questions after reading the book.

Willard said that their interest inspired a six week lesson on dots that included reading writing, art, and math.  The teacher created a project based curriculum based on the children’s interest, attention, and Common Core standards.

Willard likes the collaborative benefits of project based learning, and says that students have a sense of ownership in their education.

“They’re really excited and that’s what you want as the teacher is for them to get excited and joyful about what we do,” Willard said.

The children’s art and math projects cover the walls of the classroom, and they do not want their teacher to take them down.  One wall contains two dimensional dots designed by the students.  Another holds math assignments covered in dots.  A hand made chandelier of spheres that was created by the students hangs in the center of the room.

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