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Burton Elementary Students Make A Difference Through Project Based Learning Activities

Burton First Graders

Project-based learning has offered the students in Mrs. Mann’s first-grade classroom several opportunities to make a positive impact in their community and explore the world outside their classroom. The students recently developed a school-wide food drive while incorporating skills from the district’s Graduate Profile.  1st graders used critical thinking/problem-solving skills and collaboration to create a plan to promote and gather goods for our community members in need. They practiced communicating with others while being creative using language and writing skills to design flyers and posters on Google docs to promote the food drive. The students also designed turkey boxes for all donations. They even promoted the food drive during the morning and afternoon announcements!

Burton First Grader Logan Kitzmiller with Miss Sara


Incorporation of project-based learning has also opened opportunities for students to take a leadership role.  During the community food drive, students had the opportunity to work with local experts from Geauga Jobs and Family Services and Brookside. Altogether, the students collected 713 items for our community! Logan Kitzmiller (pictured above) led the learning activity with his question about how the community in need would open the canned food. He then wrote an email to Miss Sara from Geauga Jobs and Family Services and asked if he could donate can openers. Students also used math skills to measure, tally, skip count, add and subtract single and double-digit number sentences! Using these skills, Mrs. Mann’s classroom also baked and packaged 1,025 cookies so that community members could enjoy a special treat this past holiday season!


Mrs. Mann's 1st Grade Classroom

First graders have also had the chance to work with experts from New York City and Cleveland to produce a promotional video. Google chat transported the children to the city and into the studios of expert filmmakers! PBL offers many engaging and meaningful learning opportunities that have enabled first graders at Burton Elementary to make a positive impact upon the world they are connected to and live in!  Finally, a special thank-you to Mrs. Mann for affording our students exciting, real-world learning experiences.

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