Make for Yourself a Teacher, Find a Friend, Save the World

By: Ms. Jocelyn Weiner
from Arthur I. Meyer Academy

Categories:
Interdisciplinary Integration, Real-World Learning

Subject(s) of entry:
History, Literature/ English

Pedagogy:
PBL - project based learning, IBL - inquiry based learning, Blended Learning, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
3rd

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
3, 4, 5, Elementary school

At Arthur I. Meyer Academy, Jocelyn Weiner used a student driven and created curricular integrative process, inspired by UbD, to create a unit to explore, research, solve, and write informational books about issues of importance in the upcoming presidential election with 18 third graders. The teacher began the unit by using Judaic and Secular text to help guide students to critically think about issues in our country and community.

By using students’ questions, wonderings, and misconceptions, the students and teacher were able to create the unit and lessons needed to solve the problem. The goal was achieved by creating individual books that provided ways to solve the issue, what Jewish text and scholars say about the problem the community was faced with, and a detailed description of the topic (according to credible, secular, age appropriate text).Jenna Sherwood, the other third grade teacher at Meyer Academy, built upon the research students did in reading in order to give a better understanding of timelines in math class