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Bronxville Union Free School District

Fifth-Graders Inspire Change in their School, Community and World

As part of a project-based learning experience, fifth-graders at Bronxville Elementary School worked together to research a number of issues that affect the world, their school and community before embarking on a journey to inspire awareness or change.

After brainstorming ideas and engaging in class discussions, the students worked in groups based on their interests and were tasked with researching their topics, interviewing experts and coming up with a social action plan. Some of the topics they researched included cancer, gender equality, animal abuse, poaching, affordable education for all, ocean pollution, smoking, bullying and more.

“The students were really engaged in this process,” fifth-grade teacher Megan Figueroa said. “Many of the topics they chose to research led them to learning about things that were difficult, such as cancer and smoking. It was a process for them to learn how to weed through the information [available to them] and turn it into something meaningful and relatable to a fifth-grader.”

As part of the experience, which allowed students to gain knowledge through sustained inquiry and authentic learning, the students reached out to a local homeless shelter, as well as nursing homes and soup kitchens, and wrote letters to cancer patients to become more knowledgeable about the issues they’ve been researching. They also created public service announcements and websites to promote awareness about their topics.

At the end of the unit, the students proudly presented their findings during the school’s Inquiry Fair, which was open to parents and community members.

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