BrickLAB Core Curriculum
BrickLAB Core Curriculum (formerly BrickLAB Classroom)
Bring bricks to your classroom to engage students with exciting Project-Based Learning activities that make learning fun! BrickLAB Core was developed specifically for grades 1-6 and is aligned with a variety of national standards to help strengthen Common Core skills like science, math, social studies and literacy (see Alignments tab for more information). Based on the Madeline Hunter Lesson Model, BrickLAB Classroom reinforces knowledge by teaching concepts repetitively in new ways to develop increased neural pathways in each learner's brain, therefore solidifying new concepts.
These printed curriculum books for the instructor The BrickLAB Core/Classroom kit are a rich resource that brings the Common Core to life in your classroom and enables you to teach up to 30 students simultaneously. Improve student’s retention, engagement and test scores by incorporating bricks into the learning process. Pair them with BrickLAB Brick Set or perhaps an already existing BrickLAB in your facility!
By using bricks to encourage hands-on thinking and creativity, students pursue a variety of exciting and diverse topics from habitats, spatial relationships, map building, storytelling and more. Why teach topics like science, math, social studies and literacy in a 2-Dimensional fashion when you can turn all of them into engaging 3-Dimensional projects? Make the change to experiential Project-Based Learning today with PCS Edventures BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum!Grades: 1-6 Students: Up to 30 Contact Hours: 12+ Curriculum Sample
The BrickLAB Classroom set was developed by PCS Edventures to bring Common Core subjects to life for students, and to help teachers improve test scores. It is aligned with standards set by the following education associations: International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
The standards laid out by the ITEEA are concerned with technological literacy including how students develop an understanding of what technology is, how it affects the environment, its impact on the human race and the wide array of technologies used in industries today. In a technologically reliant society, the ITEEA stresses 21st Century understanding of the evolution of technology and how it has the ability to shape the future.
The NCTM is a devoted association which developed one of the first rigorous set of standards which emphasizes college and career readiness in the 21st Century. The group realizes the effectiveness of a program is heavily reliant upon careful organization when assessing and teaching students mathematics, and has therefore set forth good practices for teachers, administrators and parents to create a powerful mathematics education.
Focusing on the ten themes of social studies, the NCSS standards have laid out standards to support and teach these themes, which include: 1) culture; 2) time, continuity and change; 3) people, places and environments; 4) individual development and identity; 5) individuals, groups and institutions; 6) power, authority and governance; 7) production, distribution and consumption; 8) science, technology and society; 9) global connections; and 10) civic ideals and practices. The NCSS highlights the importance of what they call “civic competence” and how to instill it in future generations.
Finally, the NCTE has developed a series of Guiding Visions in addition to their list of standards which help all students have the opportunity and resources to develop adequate language skills to be successful in life. The association believes that literacy growth begins before children start school and should be diversified with a mixture of activities beyond reading and writing. Their standards are meant to facilitate innovation and creativity which are essential to teaching and learning Language Arts.
As evident, the standards used to develop BrickLAB Classroom are extensive and subject diverse. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile educational tools which can be utilized at the elementary and middle school levels. For more information on the following standards lists, visit their websites to read their entire list of alignments.
National Curriculum Standards for the Social Studies. (2010, September 17). Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/standards
NCTE / IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. (2012, November 1). Retrieved from http://www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira
Principals and Standards for School Mathematics. (2000). Retrieved from http://www.nctm.org/Standards-and-Positions/Principles-and-Standards/
Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf
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