Category Archives: Project Work

The Box Project

Project-Based Learning tends to pique people’s curiosity.  What does it look like? How does it address standards?  What makes it an improvement over our current typical instruction? Discovery Lab students recently completed one of our Project-Based Learning units, The Box Project.  This project incorporated many Common Core Standards as well as skills we know to […]

By Natalia Parker | February 26, 2018 | Project Work, Student Engagement, Uncategorized Read More

What is Discovery Lab?

We get asked this question a lot, and it’s a fair one, since our program has continually been evolving since it began in 2012.  Discovery Lab began as a grassroots quest to provide more educational options for families and students in Kittitas County.  A group of concerned parents and educators began envisioning a way to […]

By discoverylab | January 30, 2018 | Project Work, Uncategorized Read More

Apple Study

At the start of the year, I always feel like I am data mining.  I’m getting to know a new group of kids and I need to see their strengths, interests, and learning stamina.  Doing an exploration is always a good way to study a subject from many sides and let different learners shine. Yesterday […]

By discoverylab | September 15, 2016 | Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Project Work Read More

Self Portraits

We recently finished our autobiographies.  Students wrote about favorite things, their family and home, what they might like to be when they grow up and a description of themselves.  In order to create a cover for their book, we worked this week on creating self portraits. I usually don’t instruct the students when they are […]

By discoverylab | June 10, 2016 | Arts, Project Work Read More

A Book by Louie

One day Louie sat at the typewriter and wrote, “1 dog and its pup” then illustrated it.   She then told me she has listened to an audio book from the library with a story about a boy and his dog.  “I started this drawing and then I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The […]

By discoverylab | June 3, 2016 | Literacy, Project Work Read More

Human Bridges-Bridge Project

What does it feel like to be a bridge?  What type of forces are at play? What else is required?  How can you know unless you feel it?  Discovery Lab students are offered opportunities to learn through every possible modality:  visual, auditory and kinesthetic.  We need to see it, hear it and feel it to […]

By discoverylab | May 25, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work Read More

Bridge Day 2-Building from Plans

Yesterday, we broke into two groups and I asked students to follow simple diagrams to create two different kinds of bridges from toothpicks and marshmallows.  In the past, students have worked independently on engineering challenges and worked from their own imaginations but today, I wanted to explore collaboration and following blue prints.  I first asked […]

By discoverylab | May 19, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work Read More

Bridge Project-Day One

We started a project to understand how bridges are made, different types of bridges, forces of compression and tension and the anatomy of a bridge.  Day one included discussing beam, arch and suspension bridges.  We also talked about what bridges the students will cross on Fridays field trip to Seattle including a floating bridge and […]

By Jenna Richter | May 18, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work Read More

Architectural Drawings-Our School

We’ve been working on still-life drawing and painting this year.  I want the students to draw what they see and not learn how I think they should draw something.  The perspective of children while looking at objects is so different than the way most adults encounter them, so much, in my opinion more magical.  We […]

By Jenna Richter | May 17, 2016 | Arts, Mathematics, Project Work Read More

Farm School-Bees and Weaving

We were so excited to be back at Green Bow Farm today for Farm School.  Every time we visit, we are learning, exploring and experiencing a small bite of what Green Bow farm is and does.  There is never a visit without surprises.  Today, we started out looking at a nest of robins!     […]

By Jenna Richter | May 13, 2016 | Arts, Farming, Project Work, Sustainablility Read More
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