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This project encouraged a school wide collaboration as well as built relationships with our community. Students also explored aspects of the fine arts. They learned about why it was important to give back to the community. The 5 C's was a focus with the Holiday Extravaganza as well. 

​​Chesapeake, published February 21, 2017

This project was focused on building community and helping each student realize each person is unique and an important part of the class and together we are beautiful. Students learned about the critique and revision process in order to create beautiful work.

This was a project in which 1st grade students dove into the question of sharing literacy. After their field experience to all local libraries and a Little Free Library students generated ways that local residents could have access to books. When asked, "How can we share the love of reading in our school and community?" students decided that they wanted to construct (click thumbnail for more).

Kindergarten classes learn three science related research topics during the year: Zoology, Ecology, and Entomology. We (K teachers) wanted students to learn through projects that would not only reinforce the science curriculum, but also give back to our community. We decided to donate to local animals in need, clean up an "ecosystem" nearby, and give back to  (click thumbnail for more).

Beautiful Butterflies, published June 12, 2018

​​In order to discover the life cycles and habitats of a variety of animals students will research and investigate an animal. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of their animal by creating a board game. Why? To: 

  • Broaden students' understanding of animal adaptations
  • Gain an understanding of different habitats
  • Explore nonfiction materials and ways to gather information
  • Continue to practice the importance of critique and creating beautiful work
  • Foster a love of learning on a topic of student interest

This year fourth graders at Carrsville Elementary School explored an essential question: What makes me GREAT? Students reflected upon themselves as citizens who exude the qualities of Growth, Respect, Empathy, Accountability, and Trustworthiness. They also recognized themselves as learners who have GRIT: Gumption, Resiliency, Integrity, and Tenacity (click thumbnail for more).

Wild & Endangered Animals, published June 14, 2018

​​Students had to research negative impacts to the Chesapeake Bay and propose solutions to improve the environment. 

​​Holiday Extravaganza, published January 3, 2017

In this project, students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. Importantly, students learn how to critique the work of others, as well as their own work. Opportunities to revise work, based on peer-to-peer critique, occur throughout the project. Finally, students face the challenges and joys of collaboration.

​​Animals Alive, published April 18, 2017

​​Students researched the geographic regions of Virginia and the wildlife indigenous to each region. Students created an interactive regional map of Virginia that other students in the school can utilize.  

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The Human vs Ocean Connection, published June 14, 2018

S P O T L I G H T   O N   S T E M

Thanks to a local farmer, Isle of Wight County Schools was awarded $10,000 to enhance STEM education for girls, teaching them about robots, coding and engineering. See the Girls Gone Geek story here!

​​Circle of Life, published February 21, 2017

In order to discover the scientific process by connecting students to the environment through gardening. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the scientific process successfully growing a raised bed garden.  Why:

  • Change attitudes towards learning
  • Gain an understanding of living and nonliving things and how they are interdependent in a system
  • Connect students to the environment
  • Continue to practice the importance of being craftsmen
  • Foster a love of learning on a topic of student interest
  • Discover how seasonal and weather changes affect the environment well

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My Community, My Life, published June 19, 2018

​​Every Quilt Tells a Story, published April 20, 2018

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​​We All Fit In!, published January 23, 2018

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​​Adaptations Across Virginia, published March 17, 2017

American Reading Company (ARC) was the driving force of this project. Students read, researched, and wrote about an animal. The first graders became “animal experts” over the course of nine weeks. The resource teachers collaborated and designed a project around the animal (click thumbnail for more).

This first grade project incorporated the reading genre framework and our citizenship initiative. Students read about family roles and different family stories. The students interviewed their own families about a time that they showed empathy for another human being. Students wrote (click thumbnail for more).

​​Behind the Novels, published May 13 2018

For this particular project, we launched with a discussion of the driving question: How is the theme of good vs. evil seen in our everyday lives, and do our life experiences affect our perceptions? Students then created their first rendering of their artwork that illustrated their perception of (click thumbnail for more).

GREAT Citizens in our Community, published May 21, 2018

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For this project, students explained, wrote about, illustrated/created the habits of particular wild and endangered animals. To showcase student work, animal sculptures were displayed in the school library.

​​Growing2Learn, published January 3, 2017

This project will raise awareness of the human connection to protecting our ocean life. During the project, we conducted a Skype session with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. We skyped with the dolphin trainers and toured the aquarium through video. We also were able to submit questions and have them answered through a custom broadcast.

This project explored how a person's life is influenced and shaped by the community in which one lives. To demonstrate that a person's community is much more than a place to live, work, and play, GRIT and GREAT characteristics were taught daily, and students had to carry them into their community.

For the Love of Reading, published May 21, 2018

Through its addition of Instruc​tional Coaches for the 2016-2017 school year, Isle of Wight County Schools has shown its commitment to Project Based Learning. These coaches will be responsible for assisting with the development and mentoring of assigned teachers, providing professional development, and identifying the instructional needs of teachers.  Every school will have at least one coaching position.


"The Instructional Coaches will be instrumental in the implementation of Project Based Learning throughout the division,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton. “They will assist teachers through modeling, observing and assisting with classroom strategies. I truly believe the coaches are the piece we need to make our vision a reality."

E L E M E N T A R Y   S C H O O L  -  16 Projects Displayed by Date Published

What Makes Me GREAT, published June 4, 2018

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