This lesson plan provides many ideas for students' investigation of items, people and places in around the school.
- school map
- chart paper
- balance scale
- high frequency book I See...
- special glasses or spectacles
- items to weigh: crayon, chalk eraser, pencil, rubber eraser, scissors,
single hole punch, rubber stamp, tape, paintbrush, staple remover
Whos at School
Safety on the School Bus
Schools Help us Learn
Background for Teachers
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
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
Ideas for investigating:
- Count the number of classrooms, closets, doors, windows, etc. Display data
on a chart with symbols created by the children.
- Brainstorm and then investigate sets of 2s, 3s, and 4s
in the school. (e.g. 4 legs on a chair, 3 hinges on a door, etc.)
- Go on a shape hunt. Have children draw pictures of items that are squares,
circles, rectangles, or triangles in the school.
- Compare the weight of various school objects on a balance scale. Display
- . List people that work in the school. Draw a picture or take a photo of
- List the kinds of rooms in a school (e.g., classrooms, offices, kitchen,
- Measure various places in the school using the childrens feet, bodies
(laying down head to foot), or other nonstandard tools. (e.g., the gym is
12 children long, the classroom is ten children long, the desk is eight hands
- Create a high frequency word book about school following the pattern I
see a ____. (I see a chair, I see a desk, etc.)
- Read the school: With clipboards in hand, find words that
have a certain letter in them. Write them down on the clipboard. Using pointers
or special spectacles, read the signs and words printed around the school.
- Identify the use of numerals throughout the school.
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”).
- Families can be invited in for the culminating activity to share what the
children have learned through field work.
- Parent/Child homework: compare differences between parent’s school
and child’s school.
- Children can ask their grandparents or another relative what school was
like for them.
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.