This age is passionate to be hands on about learning. Creating opportunities to become investigators, engineers, and designers can be an effective way to dive into real world problems in PBL. The Urban Planners unit focuses on the spaces that we occupy and examines why our public areas look and function the way they do. Students collaboratively design, revise, create, and reason to build their very own cardboard city.
Curricular connections - applied design skills and technology 1
Skills can be developed through play.
Identify needs and opportunities for designing, through exploration
Generate ideas from their experiences and interests
Add to others’ ideas
Choose an idea to pursue
Choose tools and materials
Make a product using known procedures or through modelling of others
Use trial and error to make changes, solve problems, or incorporate new ideas from self or others
Decide on how and with whom to share their product
Demonstrate their product, tell the story of designing and making their product, and explain how their product contributes to the individual, family, community, and/or environment
Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of their design solutions
Reflect on their ability to work effectively both as individuals and collaboratively in a group
Use materials, tools, and technologies in a safe manner in both physical and digital environments
Develop their skills and add new ones through play and collaborative work
Social Studies 1
We shape the local environment, and the local environment shapes who we are and how we live.
Healthy communities recognize and respect the diversity of individuals and care for the local environment.
Explore different perspectives on people, places, issues, or events in their lives (perspective)