Our criteria for Aesop’s Fables Project Based Learning
Retell the story so we understand what happened.
Be able to explain the moral of the fable (after all that’s what makes it a fable, it has a moral).
Simple and to the point. That’s my first tip for starting project based learning: keep your first try simple.
I was amazed the number of fables they read while trying to pick the one they wanted to present. They were a lot more enthusiastic about this than any other reading assignment I’ve given.
Now turn them loose for project based learning
Once I started them on their Aesop’s Fables project I just had to get out of the way. That’s the next key for starting project based learning: get out of your kids’ way. They embarked on grand projects and I just provided materials and help in putting them together. They provided the plans and the know-how.
Oh and when starting project based learning keep plans realistic. At first Batman wanted to sew 3 dolls for his story and had grand ideas.
Present your project based learning, let them show off
Ultimately all three of my children chose to act out Aesop’s Fables with toys. But, they were each somewhat different. The boys built their own figures out of Hero Factory Toys. Princess made large numbers of peg dolls and pipe cleaner accessories. They even added to the stories making them even more interesting to watch.
My final tip for starting project based learning: give them feedback. Let them know how they did great and how they can improve. They can’t learn if there’s no room for improvement.
I’m already thinking we’re going to have more project based learning going on around here. It was a huge hit, and I like this for our literature books much more than trying to dissect them for mood and tone and all that other nonsense.
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