On Tuesday, October 29, we watched another successful project-based learning (PBL) unit launch – this time with the fifth graders at Sloatsburg Elementary School.
As part of their curriculum-based unit on journalism, students are being tasked by the Sloatsburg Village to become reporters and create websites that feature stories (from their point of view) on the growing business and rising populations in the community.
To kick off the unit, all students were given press badges and then transported to Woodmont Hills at Ramapo, the new development on Route 17. Students met with the architect and site manager and other key players including Town Hall representative Phil Tisi. They learned about the process that went into constructing this new property, which will have 16 buildings and 354 apartments, and were given a tour of the community clubhouse and an apartment. They were amazed at the amenities and asked a lot of questions.
From there, they traveled to Character’s Bar and Restaurant, where students met with owner Jenny Kirby and asked questions about the increased population, additional construction, and traffic and how that will help and/or hurt her business. Mayor Wright was also at that meeting, talking to students about his goals and ideas for the Village.
The unit will continue throughout the next month where they will write stories, build websites and be visited by a variety of guests who will help enhance their project through conversations and activities. We look forward to seeing the final product!
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