BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Third-graders at Bronxville Elementary School are exploring the world of chocolate and investigating how the chocolate they buy in Bronxville affects the civil rights of children in Africa.
Closely related to the social studies curriculum, the students studied how chocolate is made and where it comes from before learning about the difference between free and fair trade, according to a release from the Bronxville Union Free School District.
Over several weeks, they will create public service announcements to inform others about how fair trade with another country can impact their own community. Throughout the project, which was developed by third-grade teachers Justin Chao and Judy Visoky, the students have the opportunity to solve problems, collaborate with their peers and engage in self-directed learning, the release said.
“This project gives students a challenging question that they are excited to explore,” teacher Veronica Fiore said. “When you enter our classroom, you can feel the buzz of energy as students are actively engaged in learning new information and uncovering the layers of the questions they’ve generated. This type of learning promotes critical thinking and collaboration and allows them to be creative and have choices on how they want to present their findings to an authentic audience.”
The project-based learning experience allows students to gain knowledge through sustained inquiry and authentic learning.