Elementary Spotlight: Colonial America Pocket Books
By: Lisa Henriquez
Student Colonial American Pocket Books
Project-based Learning(PBL) is a great way to engage
students in using all of their skills to demonstrate what have they learned.
Engaging and fun this is a way to get all students to be active learners. Here
is a recent project in an elementary class.
My students completed the project entitled Colonial Times to
demonstrate their learning for this unit of study. Students were challenged to
create a pocket book about the Colonial Era and we could not be more pleased
with the results.
Pocket Books Requirements
Each book will have eight pockets:
·Homes and Villages
Each pocket will be labeled on the front with the topic,
contain an informational page about the topic, a primary source related to the
topic, and various activities for the topic, and various activities for the
topic. Each pocket will have a list of activities to complete for the pocket as
well that students could choose from.
Sample Student Pockets
This was a great project it was fun and engaging for students and me. The choice
board gave students real ownership of the project.Another high point of this project was the
introduction of primary source reading and interpretation to 4th
graders. The only real challenge was making sure that there was sufficient
access to all the documents at home and school for students.