Second Grade GATE Students Transform Class Into Ancient Egypt
“I always use project based learning in my class,” explained Ms. Shipley, the GATE teacher at Barranca Elementary School.
So, when her second-grade students wanted to learn about Ancient Egypt, they didn’t open a textbook. Instead they transformed the classroom into a museum.
They needed artifacts and they needed to be able to answer their visitors’ questions. For the past two and a half months (she has her students for 135 minutes each week) they learned about Egyptian gods, government, the environment, architecture, agriculture, inventions and written language.
The research was the starting point. They used what they learned to make fun displays and to be ready to entertain their visitors.
Parents, students from other classrooms, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Board Member Andrea Cunningham visited the museum March 3.