Project Based Learning, or PBL, projects are part of the regular approach to learning at the charter school. PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to authentic, complex questions, problems or challenges.
Fifth graders worked on a PBL project as part of their studies of Native Americans. They ultimately created a Native American Living Museum wherein the students researched and became experts on the tribes way of life (clothing, housing, crafts, and geographic location).
Student were also expected to replicate, by creating from recycled materials or craft items, a 3-D house, a doll, and a craft item.
Students then presented their finished projects as part of a living history museum. They presented their living history museum to other students as well as to parents and staff.