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Elementary Case Studies

Our students are engaged in projects that often include rigorous research (often “in the field” or away from the classroom), engaging with experts, synthesizing their learning in various ways, and communicating what they’ve learned in traditional and nontraditional ways.  These projects involve students in authentic learning; doing the work of historians, scientists, and other professionals in order to build and apply knowledge that is meaningful to their lives and futures.

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2nd Grade Partners in Pollination & Seed student drawing student planting new growth fish in a cup student construction paper artwork
Partners in Pollination & Seed Dispersal
Caroline Elementary
Second Grade
Engineering the Growth of Plants in Ithaca
Belle Sherman Elementary
First Grade
I’m a Survivor! Trout Ecosystem
Beverly J. Martin & South Hill Elementary
Fourth Grade
W is for Waves. Light, Sound, & Astronomy
Cayuga Heights Elementary
First Grade
student painting - car in flood
students dredging creek
student watercolor of Ithaca Farmer's Market Students drawing with tablets
Natural Disasters
Caroline Elementary
Fourth Grade
Citizen Science Action Project
Beverly J. Martin, Caroline,  Enfield, South Hill Elementary
Fifth Grade
Unique Places
Northeast Elementary
Fourth Grade
Who Am I? Understanding Ourselves & Building a Culture of Empathy and Caring
Caroline Elementary
Kindergarten
drawing of crow Student drawing - "Mummers Parade in Philadelphia"
Children drawing at table
Classroom full of students
Understanding the American Crow
Enfield Elementary
First Grade
My Perfect Home
South Hill Elementary
Fourth Grade
Seed to Table, Growing Food and Scientists
Northeast Elementary
Fifth Grade
Why are Frogs Disappearing?
Beverly J. Martin Elementary
Third Grade
Kindergarten students exploring the animals that live in their neighborhood
Fall Creek World Connections on Adobe Sparks
   
Animals in My Neighborhood
Beverly J. Martin Elementary
Kindergarten
How My Favorite Things Connect Me to the World
Fall Creek Elementary
Third Grade