Designing The Ideal Middle School Classrooms

The third and fourth graders in Room 105 have worn a variety of hats in the last few months. As they have designed their ideal middle school classrooms, they have been politicians writing persuasive letters and speeches; architects designing and building scale models of their classrooms; interior decorators thinking about the best materials and decorations; and electricians wiring together light bulbs, outlets, batteries, and plugs so that their classrooms will light up. Through this project they have used math, literacy, and science skills to create the most persuasive proposals.

The final projects were unveiled on April 5 at our "Middle School Design Expo," which we considered a smashing success! Throughout this project-based learning experience the kids were motivated by the idea that their work could be taken seriously and could really make a difference. The sense of pride that the students took in their work as well as the accomplishment that they felt afterwards was well worth the months of hard work! This project was truly a team effort and the support of the Cambridgeport administrative team; our literacy coach, Angie Uyham; and the Genzyme Sabbatical program at the Museum of Science made it possible!

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