Some parents may remember creating dioramas out of old shoeboxes when they were in elementary school. Today, Ranney Lower Schoolers (Tinton Falls, NJ) are creating full-scale 3-D scenes in our Innovation Lab—and they are doing so in a way that threads the subject matter they are learning across multiple disciplines. In third-grade , students have been studying the Lenape Indians as part of their Social Studies unit. Beyond learning the historical/economical facts about the northeastern tribe, they are writing short essays and then presenting them to their classmates. Going a step further, they are creating scenes of hunting, fishing and main camps using everything from tree bark and pine needles to cardboard tubes and clay in our new Innovation Lab. By combining reading, writing, public speaking and study skills with hands-on learning, teamwork, design and creativity, students are building tangible knowledge in new and exciting ways.
Project Based Learning: Fifth Grade Greek Fair
During the months of February and March, students worked in grade level small groups to research various aspects of ancient Greek life. Research focused on addressing the question, “How did the ancient Greeks’ way of life compare to our lives today?” Students gathered information using a variety of text and online resources. When the research […]
First Grade Neighborhood Build
The first grade students spent 6 weeks studying the inner and outer workings of the neighborhood that encompasses Sea Crest School. They talked with a historian, discussed the differences between WANTS/NEEDS and GOODS/SERVICES, went on several field trips which included; the fire station, water treatment plant, a walk down Main Street, a beach walk and […]
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Woodland School Fourth-Grade Students Create “The Living Museum”
In this video, fourth grade teachers Susan Whited and Lauren Baumgartner discuss the transformative project known as The Living Museum. To start, students choose a character in California’s history who made an impact. The students go on to conduct independent research, write an essay, and write a speech. The project culminates in The Living Museum […]