Project Based Learning

  • 2019-2020

    Right now I am planning on two projects. 

    First, we will get to know our Veterans at the American Legion.  We will write their biographies in Veterans' Voices II, AND we will partner with Lap Robes for Veterans to create a beautiful quilt.  Each student will create a square of the quilt in honor of his/her Veteran.  When the quilt square is scanned using a special app, a video clip of the Veterans' interview will appear on the screen! Interviews start in late October. 


    Our second project will be an augmented reality picture book about the Erie Canal.  We will use primary source documents to find out about the canal's history.  We will work local historian and author, Vicki Profitt. Our book will be entered in the New York State Archives Student Research Award Contest.



    Pizza Box Biographies

    We interviewed Veterans from the American Legion Rayson-Miller American Legion Post and told their stories in a unique, fun way - in a Pizza Box! After they were completed, we held a ceremony.  Our Veterans were the guests of honor! Local politicians, School Board members, representatives from the administration and our parents all game to celebrate!

     PB Bio 1     pb bio 2      pb bio 3      pb bio 4


    A few weeks later we took our presentation on the road.  We were invited to present our Pizza Box Biographies at the Pittsford Senior Center Luncheon. 


    senior center



    Both projects can be ordered through our Shutterfly Share Site - email me for more information.

    We completed two augmented reality books during the 17-18 school year.  Veterans' Voices was an amazing experience that touched so many.  Click the picture of the book to go to our page for that project.

    Book cover


    Eight Brave Civil War Soldiers Cover  


    Our second book, Eight Brave Civil War Soldiers of Pittsford Cemetery, was completed in partnership with author and historian, Mrs. Vicki Masters Profitt.  We researched eight sliders using census records, old newspapers, muster role abstracts, diaries and other sources. We did our best to tell how these soldiers contributed to our nation through their service, and then how many contributed to our community after the war. We entered it in the NYSE Archives Student Research Awards Contest and won First Place!  We traveled to Albany and were honored at a luncheon at the State Archives.



    Book cover

    Our 2016-2017 Project

    Honoring Those Who Serve

    An augmented reality book that tells about ways we honor our veterans, along with interviews with some of our local veterans. This book is dedicated to the American Legion Rayson-Miller Post 899.  



    Click the file link below to view our AMAZING Erie Canal book project from Spring 2016!!



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