Students in Mrs. Timmermann’s Kindergarten class at Legacy School have started a PBL project on Dr. Seuss. What is PBL? And why Dr. Seuss?
What is PBL?
PBL is short for project-based learning. And several times a year, students in all Legacy School elementary classrooms get to partake in these distinctly different projects. PBL activities are driven by a question in which students actively search for the answer to that specific question. This gives students the ability to develop 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, decision making, and leadership capabilities in a classroom setting. For more information on what project-based learning encompasses and why Legacy School implements it visit our blog post on “Project-Based Learning and How it Helps Students Engage in Their Learning”.
Why Dr. Seuss?
Legacy School kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Timmermann, chose a PBL project on Dr. Seuss for two main reasons. First, because she enjoys Dr. Seuss and his books (Her classroom is even Dr. Seuss themed!). Also, each Dr. Seuss story has a lesson that her students can learn from.
PBL Driving Question and Activities.
Mrs. Timmermann’s driving question for her PBL project on Dr. Seuss is, “What makes Dr. Seuss’s books unique and everyone’s favorite? By the end of the project, students will be able to answer this question and will even get to be authors/illustrators of their own book.
To answer the driving question, students have been engaging in activities based on Dr. Seuss’s books. And with that, they have been learning lessons along the way. For example, “Green Eggs and Ham” teaches students to have an open mind and that it’s okay to be inquisitive. After reading the story, students got to help cook eggs, ham, and toast. Then, they got to try them!
Over the next week, kindergarten students will continue to learn about the uniqueness of Dr. Seuss’s books and why so many people enjoy them around the world. Is it because the characters are unique? Because of the wacky words? Because of the rhyming that the books provide? What do you think?
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