Sample Class Projects

 OUR COCONUT PROJECT

Coconut

Teacher Judy asked, “How can we open our coconut?”

The kids brainstormed and thought of some possibilities: 

  • “Use a hammer”                                                                                               
  • “Throw it”
  • “Drop it”
  • “Get a knife”

The children took turns with the hammer and found that opening a coconut is hard work!  As the coconut began to crack they used their fingers and then looked around the room for something with which to pry off the shell.

This is problem solving!  Your children will need this skill throughout their lives.  

OUR RAIN FOREST PROJECT

Teacher Judy asked the 5’s class, “How can we get $50 to save an acre of rain forest?”

Here are some of the kids’ ideas:

  • Sell cake, ice cream, caramels
  • Help people out for money
  • Sell chocolate, coffee
  • Help elders
  • Sell food, apples, bananas, strawberries, pears
  • Sell books
  • Draw and sell pictures or paint pictures or make snowflakes and sell
  • Make and put out signs
  • Sell toys

The class decided to have a bake sale to raise money for the rain forest. 

BRAINSTORMING

Triceratops dinosaur

Teachers Judy & Nancy often have conversations with the classes about various topics.  One of the discussions centered around the word “old”.  The teachers asked the kids what is “old” and got these responses:

  • Oak tree
  • Old car
  • A rock
  • VW Bug                                                                      
  • Rotten noodles (hey, they’re old, right?!)
  • 53 Car
  • Old house
  • Dinosaurs
  • A Ferrari
  • Old body parts
  • Old worlds

Earth from space

The students were also asked if they knew how old Planet Earth is.  Here are some responses:

  • 500 years
  • 100 years
  • 100 million years                                             
  • 1 followed by 100 zeros
  • 165 million years
  • A zillion and 100 years
  • 2,000 years


A discussion of how old the Earth really is ensued. 

 

By having the students brainstorm together, the teachers and parents at Learning Lab are helping the children learn how to solve problems together.  In addition, Learning Lab strives to follow the interests and passions of the children and to provide children with new and stimulating experiences that will help them learn how to learn.