Exploring North Carolina Through Project-Based Learning: Geography, History, Government, Economics and More

Marsh, Carole

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Synopsis: Exploring North Carolina through Project-Based Leaning includes 50 well-thought-out projects designed for grades 3-5. In assigning your students projects that dig into North Carolina’s geography, history, government, economy, current events, and famous people, you will deepen their appreciation and understanding of North Carolina while simultaneously improving their analytical skills and ability to recognize patterns and big-picture themes.

Project-based learning today is much different than the craft-heavy classroom activities popular in the past. Inquiry, planning, research, collaboration, and analysis are key components of project-based learning activities today. However, that doesn’t mean creativity, individual expression, and fun are out. They definitely aren’t!

Each project is designed to help students gain important knowledge and skills that are derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic subject areas. Students are asked to analyze and solve problems, to gather and interpret data, to develop and evaluate solutions, to support their answers with evidence, to think critically in a sustained way, and to use their newfound knowledge to formulate new questions worthy of exploring.

While some projects are more complex and take longer than others, they all are set up in the same structure. Each begins with the central project-driving questions, proceeds through research and supportive questions, has the student choose a presentation option, and ends with a broader-view inquiry. Rubrics for reflection and assessments are included, too. This consistent framework will make it easier for you assign projects and for your students to follow along and consistently meet expectations.

Encourage your students to take charge of their projects as much as possible. As a teacher, you can act as a facilitator and guide. The projects are structured such that students can often work through the process on their own or through cooperation with their classmates.

About the Author: Carole Marsh:

  • Native of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Professional writer and photographer
  • Founder and CEO of Gallopade International, Inc.
  • Founder and Owner of Marsh Media, a public relations anD corporate communications firm
  • Creator of more than 15,000 products, primarily fiction and non-fiction supplementary educational materials
  • including books, interactive CD-ROMs, games, and online adventures
Awards Include:
  • 2011 Teachers’ Choice for the Classroom by Learning Magazine
  • 2007 Greatest Products by iParenting Media
  • 2006 Georgia Author of the Year by Georgia Writers Association
  • 2004 Teachers’ Choice for the Family by Learning Magazine
  • 2003 Excellence in Education Award from the National School Supply and Equipment Association
  • 2002 Teachers' Choice Award by Learning Magazine
  • 2002 Award of Excellence Recipient from Association Advance America
  • 2000 Fastest Growing Small Press from Publishers Weekly
  • Communicator of the Year in 1979

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