Project Based Learning

Dawna's Blendspace:


What is the purpose of Education?  (Respond on the Padlet link below)
How do you teach to those purposes?  (Respond privately on your journal page)


Iterate- What is the purpose of education?  Has your response changed?  Why or why not?


What is PBL?  How can it reengage our students?


(The Bee Project)

  • Why are honeybees disappearing; and once they are gone, who feels the sting?  Second graders took on the role of scientists to investigate the role of bees in our ecosystem, and the various ways bees are being threatened. Once their research was complete, students became artists in order to advocate for the bees. Working collaboratively in groups, students wrote and performed bee plays. In order to create the most educational plays, students sought out and offered critique from each other before performing their plays in front of an audience of parents and students. However, the second graders did not stop at educating others, the wrote letters to the city and big corporation, planted over 200 bee-friendly plants, and built beehives to donate to a community organization in Mexicali.

Bee Plays:

  • After beginning our research and learning about the problems that honeybees face, students worked in collaborative groups to write scripts. Within their groups, team members decided to share one problem that they were most passionate about.  
  • Students wrote their own scripts, created their own backdrops, directed and performed their own plays.


  • After discovering that bees need pesticide-free plants to thrive, they decided it was important to write to our city government.  They asked the city for a place to plant bee-friendly plants in the community.
  • Second graders planted over 200 bee-friendly plants in a nearby canyon.
  • After reading an article about how one large corporation is removing a particular pesticide from its shelves while another large corporation is labeling its plants that contain this pesticide, students in Rhea Manguil's class wrote letters to both home improvement stores.  Students shared their ideas and requests for changes to be made within the corporations.

Service Learning:

  • After connecting wth a non-profit organization, beekeepers from Mexicali came as experts to deepen our learning about honeybees.  
  • In collaborative teams, students worked together to build beehives and design logos for each hive.
  • The beehives were donated to the honeyfarm in Mexicali that supports local families and schools. 


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