Olander Elementary

3401 Auntie Stone St. Fort Collins CO 80526
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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: What do kids need to be healthy?

SummaryStudents learn about the human body and what people need to be healthy. They explore the five senses, then  learn about making healthy choices and work together to plan a Healthy Party to share our knowledge. Students also challenge older grade levels to make healthy snack choices by organizing a “Veggie Man” snack challenge.

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

Driving Question: What does native wildlife need to thrive?

Summary:  Students research native wildlife to become experts on what they do to survive in winter. After a visit to the local prairie dog colony, kindergartners learn important vocabulary like adapt, migrate, and hibernate. We create a class book and present in front of the group to share our knowledge. As part of this PBL, we visit the FC Museum of Discovery to see live and stuffed examples of the animals students study!

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

Driving Question: How can we learn about past and present from our Grandparents?

Summary: Students begin  learning about history by comparing inventions, games, and life from the past to those today. As a class, students develop a list of questions they can ask a grandparent or older adult to learn about the past. Students make a “Then and Now” book, as well as a timeline of their own lives. As a culminating event, students plan and host a special Grandparent Tea where they share what they’ve learned.

Kindergarten members