Olander Elementary

3401 Auntie Stone St. Fort Collins CO 80526
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First Grade

Our classrooms offer a comprehensive K-5 curriculum based on the Colorado Academic Standards. We focus our lesson development on best practices to promote high levels of academic growth, achievement and engagement. Each grade level has three project based learning (PBL) units they complete throughout the school year. When students are working on a project, they occur during a specific time of day dedicated for project based learning. We utilize this approach to deepen conceptual learning and to enhance the 21st century skills students learn throughout the school day.

1st Project Based Learning (PBL) Unit Of Study:

Driving Question: How can we teach others about how the pilgrims and Wampanoag lived in the 1620s?
Summary:  Students create teaching trunks filled with hand-made artifacts to teach about Pilgrim and Wampanoag life. Additionally, they work in collaborative teams to build table-top Pilgrim and Wampanoag villages to teach their families about life in the 1620s.

2nd Project Based Learning (PBL) Unit Of Study:

Driving Question: Why is it important to learn about U.S. symbols and important leaders?
Summary: Two-person teams choose a US symbol or important leader, then research and write expository paragraphs on their topics. Teams then self-select creative projects to go along with their writing. Sculptures, plays, and computer slideshows are some of the ways students use their creativity to demonstrate learning.

3rd Project Based Learning (PBL) Unit Of Study:

Driving Question: Why and how do people grow their own food?
Summary: First graders will learn about garden grown food through community connections (local CSAs), Food School, and hands-on planting in the Olander Garden. Nutritionists and local farmers will visit to teach about the health benefits of eating local produce. Finally student teams will create their own recipes using produce we will plant in the spring and harvest from the Olander garden in the fall. We will compile the recipes into a Recipe Book to share with families.

First Grade members