Project Based Learning

Project-Based Learning, at core, is guided by the idea that students and teachers participate in a long-term in-depth study of a compelling topic. Project-Based Learning at City Neighbors Charter School has three primary components: The development of a compelling topic, in-depth prolonged research using a multitude of sources (including primary sources and field work), and the development of a well-crafted product that synthesizes and presents learning about the topic. Through Project-Based Learning, students develop deeply as critical thinkers, researchers, and presenters, while learning all the requisite skills in the pursuit of their project study. At City Neighbors in recent years, projects studies topics have included DaVinci, the closing of Read’s Drugstore in Baltimore, the Chicken Industry on the Eastern Shore, Birds, and more.

Examples of Project Based Learning

From the Fall of 2012:
3rd Grade Endangered Species Project
Middle School Science: Dancing Electricity and Turbines

Here are some examples of Projects all of our grades were immersed in during the fall of 2011:
Kindergarten: Names – the students are interested in the question, “How long can a name be?”

1st Grade: Puppetry and Self-Portraits
2nd Grade: Get those marbles rolling!  
3rd Grade: Room Redesign Project  
4th Grade: Why can’t we swim in the Inner Harbor?
5th Grade: What would be your ideal school?
Middle School: Polymer Sneaker Project  

Keep checking back for more examples!