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This lesson plan provides many ideas for students' investigation of items, people and places in around the school.
Whos at School
Safety on the School Bus
Schools Help us Learn
The school can be a wonderful place to do a project approach study. Everyone has access to their school and it is a personal and meaningful place to the children. Various places not normally studied can be investigated, such as the kitchen, mail boxes, the custodians closet, or the school in general. The important thing is to have real investigation with real items, places, or people in a school. Data can be gathered with children carrying clipboards and displaying them for others to interpret.
Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
Invitation to Learn
Complete a KWL chart about the school to determine what to investigate in the school.
Ideas for investigating:
You could invite parents or other classes in to view childrens investigations. Have children prepare to talk about what they learned. The class can sing the song Everything I Learned, I Learned in Kindergarten or other songs that describe the school community.
Adapt the book Mary Had a Little Lamb with the child’s own version (e.g., “Amy had a little cat”).
Analysis of the children’s data and projects will reveal what they have learned. Ask the children questions about the graphs to see if they can interpret them (e.g., “What do we have more of, windows or doors?”).
The comparing weight activity will let you know if children have a concept of more than and less than.
The shape hunt will tell you if they can identify shapes in the environment.