Fifth Grade Launches Year with "We The Kids" PBL Unit

Posted by Ellen Kraska on 9/14/2017

Our fifth grade students learned a tremendous amount about our United States Constitution and local governance as a result of their "We the Kids" Project Based Learning Unit. Through authentic, real-world research and sustained inquiry, students learned how laws are developed, interpreted and enforced. A special component of the PBL Unit was presentations and interviews with local community members such as MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister, MPCSD Board Member Stacey Jones, Judge Elaine Hammond, and the Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith. Students even enjoyed a field trip to City Hall last week and walked back to the Upper Campus!


With the US Constitution as a guide, fifth graders held constitutional conventions with their class to develop their own Class Constitutions. It was a proud moment on Friday as they presented their constitutions to Laurel students, staff and parents. Well done fifth grade teachers and students! Thanks for leading the way with Project Based Learning this year!

​Best to you and yours!​