What Would a Lesson Plan Look Like?
When choosing to provide such a curriculum, it is important to first understand that your lesson plan will probably not resemble a "normal" lesson plan. Often these project-based learning lesson plans look like curriculum webs. A paln will begin with a central idea or theme and branch out in several directions with small projects in all areas of the curriculum. All small projects will lead back to the central theme. Once you have decided on the central theme, ask the children for their input.
For example, if your central theme is "Helping", there would be several branches off the main idea. The more involved the children are with the planning of the curriculum, the more apt they will be to take a vested interest in the project. From the central theme "Helping", children may decide they can help animals and they can help people.
From each of these ideas, more branches will sprout. From the "Animal" branch can come animals at home, animals at the zoo, animals in the wild, etc. Each smaller theme would then have a project for the children to complete.
It is important to remember not to let the these lesson plans take away from the usual school curriculum. In other words, be sure to incorporate the usual gross and fine motor activities, sensory activities, etc., when planning your curriculum.