Olander Elementary

3401 Auntie Stone St. Fort Collins CO 80526
970•488•8410 970•488•8411 Attendance Line

First Grade PBL

First Grade will complete three projects this year.



PBL driving question for November

How can we teach others about how the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people 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.


PBL driving question for Winter:

Why is it important to learn about US symbols and 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 slide shows are some of the ways students use their creativity to demonstrate learning.  



PBL driving question for Spring:

How can we teach the Olander community about the plants native to Colorado
and Spring Canyon Park?

Summary: 1st graders work with partners to learn about native plants. They use research and note-taking skills to capture facts. Technology is key as students use their facts to build individual pages in a full-color Native Plant Field Guide. A highlight is bringing families on a walking tour of the plants we studied.