Design-Based Learning in Action in K-12 Classrooms

doreen with students at reception

The Magic Land Project\

For Second Grade by Marta Rosales 2010

A yearlong series of challenges to integrate the curriculum

The Magic Land Project

 

BLANK BLANK Project

 

For High School Arctecture by Joel Glassman 2010

San Marino High School , San Marino Unified School District , Pasadena, CA

The rewuired shklls for teaching about both the history and skills of the field.

BLANK BLANK Project

For First Grade by John Van Laar 2010

Don Benito Elementary Schooll, Pasadena, CA

????????Project

Microdenia Project

For the Third Grade by Leakeana Nhem 2010

Willard Interna6onal Baccalaureate and Technology Magnet School, Pasadena, CA

A city is built to each the relationships between the immediate community and international dependencies

Microdenia Project

Spanishtopia

For Spanish , grades six, seven and eight by Martha Jimenez-Corsi 2010

Wilson Middle School Pasadena Unifird School District, Pasadena, CA

A city is built to teach Spanish both speakng and grammar

spanishtopia

Creatureville Project

For Second Grade by Josh Whittmore 2010

A city is built in the classroom to teach required skills.

Creatureville Project

Kids Ville Project

For Kindergarten by Alma Montano 2010

Vineland Elementary School Baldwin Park Unified School DIstict , Baldwin Park, CA

Kids Ville Project

 

Math City Project

For Middle School Math by Sharon Soto

Suzanne Middle School, Walnut Valley Unified School District, 2010

A city is designed to teach the application of mathmatical skills in corrolation with district and textbook requirements.

Math City Project

Special Kids Project

For students with special needs by Deborah Meza 2010

Rowland Unifiied School DIstrict

A year long project for students with special needs

Special Kids Project

Heart Acre Project

For Second Grade by Daarina Abdus-Samad 2005

Norma Coombs Alternative School, Pasadena Unified School District, 2005

The neighborhood of the school is redesigned to become a village of the future.

Heart Acre Project
(A PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation; 12MB)

Get Adobe Reader

Building to Learn

For Kindergarten-Dual Immersion by Virginia Lopez-Pech 2006

Pleasant View Elementary School, Baldwin Park Unified School District, 2006-2007 and 2007-Continuing

The Building to Learn Project was conducted with Kindergarten classes during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years where the objective of this project was to address the need for Kindergarten students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Building to Learn
(A PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation; 4MB)

San Andres Timilpan

For Third Grade Dual Immersion by Maria Vega-Vidales

Tracy Elementary School, Baldwin Park Unified School District, 2007-Continuing

San Andres Timilpan
(A PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation; 3.3MB)

----town

For Fifth Grade by Sam-Ana Fenwick

Tracy Elementary School, Baldwin Park Unified School District, 2007-Continuing

Liberty Town
(A PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation; 6.6MB)

Ancient Civilization Building

For Sixth Grade by Margaret Strand

Chaparral Middle School, Walnut Valley Unified School District, 2005 - Continuing

Greece, China, Mesopotamia and Egypt are the basis for this simulation that asks students to actually design and build those ancient civilizations as if they were the first people on earth. They make and run a government, and economy and learn reading, math, language, science, economics, civics and social science in a way that they will never forget.

Ancient Civilization Building
(A PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation; )

Community Building

For High School English Literature by Grace Lim-Hays

Walnut High School, Walnut Valley Unified School District, 1996 - Continuing

Construction Land

For Fourth Grade by Harpreet Bhatia

Grazide Elementary School, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 1998 - Continuing

CreatureLand

classroom with map of creatureland

For Second Grade by Teresa Ceja

Sparks Elementary School, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 1998-2003

Continent Building (Newlandia)

For High School Learning Disabled Students by Don Huey

Ganesha High School, Pomona Unified School District, 1995 -

A never-before-seen continent in a real place. Students set about to design the history of Newlandia, a way to govern it, and the landform itself. A high school simulation of learning-disabled students in US History, Government, World History and Life Science courses.

Atomic City

For High School Chemistry by Temy Taylor

Ganesha High School, Pomona Unified School District, 2007 - Continuing

The city becomes a molecular world where topics of chemical bonding and reactions are explored.

Business Building

For High School by Jackie Jones

Ganesha High School, Pomona Unified School District, 1995 -

The classroom itself becomes the location for a business of the future. With never-before-seen products, new ways to attract customers and methods for keeping records, students use the internet to research everything from patents to writing letters, keeping books and international partnerships.

The Verbal Community

The Verbal Community

For Middle School by Teri Awad

Madison and Marshall Middle Schools, Pomona Unified School District, 1996 -

Language Speech Impaired A three-dimensional mini verbal community constructed by speech and/or language impaired students who role play as part of their therapy.

Math City

For Middle School by Francis Ortiz-Smith

Nogales Unified School District

The design of a never-before-seen Math City is used to teach mathematical concepts from geometric shapes to distance, ratio and time.

International Partners: Architecture & Children Network

For K-12 Sendai, Japan

Workshops on developing student motivation for thinking, reasoning, problem-solving and creativity through the design process. A&C Workshops are based on Architecture & Children and City Building Education™. The goal is to develop curriculum and to continue exchange programs with World Wide groups.

Get Adobe Reader