Kindergarten students in Lori Ott’s class at Hutchings Elementary
learned all about recycling thanks to a recent project. Using the
principals of project-based learning, students researched ways that
people can recycle, reuse and reduce waste. As part of the project
students also worked on their non-fiction writing and reading skills.
Throughout the project, students kept a research notebook of all the
things they had learned. Students also created an art project made from
all reused items.
Once they were experts on recycling, the
students set out to help persuade others to recycle, reduce and reuse.
The class decided to create placemats that could be used at a local
restaurant to help spread the word about recycling. Ott reached out to
Big Boy of Howell and the restaurant agreed to partner with the class.
The class brainstormed who their audience would be and each student
designed an educational and informative placemat that provided tips on
how to reduce waste and reuse items. The placemats are currently being
used at the restaurant.
Project-based learning is a learning
approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and
challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. It incorporates and
integrates numerous subject areas in the school day.