This month in Mrs. Bradley’s 6th grade GATE class at Woodsboro Elementary School, students have been working on designing and creating an interactive museum in order to teach visiting classes what they had learned about ancient Egypt in an engaging way.
Each collaborative group in the class chose an area of study first and spent their first block of time reading and researching that content. Next, the students began to ask questions about what would make an engaging yet educational museum. At this point, they collected data from their peers as well as researched interactive museums online.
Once the students had some understanding of the goal, they began to brainstorm possible exhibits they could create, eventually narrowing their ideas based on feasibility and practicality. When each group had settled on their chosen product or products, they created a task list, a timeline, a list of needed resources, and assigned responsibilities to each member of the group.
Each group was overseen by a project manager who met regularly with Mrs. Bradley to field ideas, ask questions, and update her on their progress. The next step involved designing a blue print for any three dimensional products and creating a plan for its construction.
On Saturday, November 3, students and their families came together to make the groups’ plans a reality with hands-on learning.
“It was awesome to see the boys and girls learning about woodworking and the building process,” shared Mrs. Bradley.
Keep up the good work, Honey Bees!