What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Watch an introduction video.

Projects can be wonderful teaching tools. They can allow for a more student-centred environment, where teachers can guide students in their learning instead of using lectures to provide them with information.

At BCCS we believe in fostering thinkers who do not memorize but engage in deep learning with curiosity and passion.

We achieve this in varies ways. Below are some of the projects our students will be engaging in this school year 2016-17.

STUDENT PORTFOLIO PROJECTS - 2016-17

Lower School (PreK - 2nd grades)

In PreK we explore the five senses. Pre-K children naturally use their senses to explore the world around them. We allow the children the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills by using his/her senses in hands on learning and play. We will take walks around the neighborhood, go on scavenger hunts, explore senses through food experiments and engage in many other activities where children use their senses. We encourage the children to see themselves as scientists and to make observations and predictions using the information that they take in through their senses.
Kindergarten is exploring the exciting and personal topic of Family! Together, we are learning about family members, various family roles and responsibilities, the different structures of families, customs and cultures that families engage in, special days that families celebrate and much more. Some activities that we are participating in are conducting family interviews by inviting family members into the classroom, using Venn Diagrams to compare families, understanding who our family members are by creating family trees and other arts and crafts projects and celebrating with our classmates by creating recipe books, family history books and more! From our family to yours, let's explore our study of Families together!
First grade is learns all about communities! The students have the opportunity to research, collect data, investigate, make connections and even create materials that will deepen their understanding. Community walks, visitors from the community and trips within our community help guide us through our exciting unit. We create research notebooks, work on home projects and in school projects to insure that students receive and document valuable data.
In 2nd grade, we have an exciting Social Studies curriculum, which includes traveling back in time and learning all about New York City’s past and how government leaders as well as community members work together to provide goods and services for their communities. As part of our Fall Social Studies unit of study, New York City Over Time, we are learning about the first habitants of New York City, The Native Americans. Students learn about the way of life long ago and explore how New York City has changed over time. This unit is conceived of as an inquiry-based introduction to New York City over time. Students conduct research on periods of New York City’s history using textual and visual resources inclusive of field trips and interviews. Students use timelines to organize 400 years of historical time and demonstrate historical thinking. Our hard work is celebrated in November for our end of the unit celebration.

Upper School (3rd - 5th grades)

Fourth graders are exploring the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods. In this exciting unit we are thinking about what it meant to be free during this time period. The students explore the events that led to the war with Great Britain. They analyze the role New York had in the American Revolution. The events during the war are discussed and students determine what side they would be on whether it would be the Loyalist or the Patriots. Students explore the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We use tools like videos, researching and reading. Also, we explore this period by taking field study trips to discover even more facts and details during this time period.
The 5th grade students along with Fisk University and New York University students study The Western Hemisphere: Mexico & The United States. We explore our community & city to answer essential questions such as: How do key forces and events shape nations? What physical features make up the United States and Mexico? How did the US and Mexico become independent countries? How has the rights and minorities in the US and Mexico change throughout the 20th century? How does the natural resources of the US and Mexico affect the nations’ economy? What are some of the key cultural characteristics of the United States and Mexico? How does the political systems of the Western Hemisphere vary in structure and organization across time and place in Mexico and the United States?