Olander 2nd graders participate in 3 inquiry projects during the school year. There is a special emphasis on the habits of mind during these projects.
Driving Question: How can we help Olander kids learn about helpful insects?
Summary: 2nd graders study, research and use note-taking skills to learn about beneficial insects. Students then write and illustrate their own informational big books. Students share their books, teach an insect song and create a small insect project with groups of kindergarteners.
Driving Question: What do people need in our area need to know about severe weather to stay safe?
Summary: 2nd graders work in groups to study and research safety precautions around severe weather that affects our community. This information is used to create safety guides and severe weather safety kits that are shared with our community.
Driving Question: How can we create a business that will raise money to help the community?
Summary: 2nd graders work in groups to develop a craft kit to sell to Olander kids. They write business plans, present ideas to investors, secure start-up money, film commercials, write how-to directions, assemble their products, and sell them for profit at the Olander PBL Bazaar. Math and writing skills are used throughout the project.
More information will come to you in newsletters as these projects occur during the school year. It is an excellent opportunity to pitch in and get involved. These projects are lots of work, but so much fun!