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Student-Directed Centers
Old 08-04-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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I am looking for center ideas that are student-directed, allowing them to explore and discover on their own, rather than specifically task-based.
I am planning on doing a lot of inquiry and project-based learning with my gifted first grade class this year.

One example is a "Take Apart" center. The idea is to put out some kind of machine (ie. old toaster oven, telephone, etc.) with tools and let the kids actually open it up, take it apart, explore the different parts that are inside and how they are connected. Then there is also the option of using the pieces found inside to create something new. Of course I would check inside first just to be sure there is nothing sharp. I think it sounds like a lot of fun and would really attract those children with creative and inventive minds.

Thanks for any other ideas!


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