In her article Hands-On is Minds-On author Samantha Cleaver outlines some of the benefits of hands-on learning, including the engagement of the students, strengthening of knowledge, and authentic assessment and observation. Mrs. Ohlinger has incorporated hands-on learning projects in her third-grade boys classroom throughout the first semester.
The students studied the Native American Indians who lived in Michigan. Students built longhouses and wigwams just like the Indians did years ago.
Later in the semester, the students read a very entertaining book entitled, Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary. They designed creative dioramas to show their favorite scenes and wrote an accompan ying paragraph explaining the most important parts of the book.
For the album with more of the students’ projects click here.