Project-Based Learning: The 2nd Graders Learn About the von Trapp Family
In the spring, the 2nd graders accomplished numerous national music standards along with successfully completing a project-based learning project with 2nd grade social studies. The essential question was “What was it like to immigrate to America as a child?” In music class, we answered that by studying the life of the Von Trapp family, the music from the movie The Sound of Music, and how the movie varies greatly from their actual life events.
The movie above shows a culmination of the project. We presented this and performed songs from The Sound of Music at our “Coming to America” festival in May.
To read more about this project, please read the article that I wrote for NJ Tempo magazine in October of 2014. Click here and turn to page 28.