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Project Based Learning (PBL) is a student centered teaching method that allows students to gain knowledge and skills by investigating a complex question, problem, or challenge. The purpose of PBL is to encourage learning through discovery, team work, and research. PBL allows students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning in school while creating meaningful projects that help to extend their knowledge beyond the classroom. The use of PBL group learning facilitates not only the acquisition of knowledge but also several other desirable attributes, such as communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, independent responsibility for learning, sharing information, and respect for others.

The third grade students at West Newton Elementary participated in and completed their first PBL project recently. They were asked, “How they can reduce pollution at West Newton Elementary?” Once the question was assigned, they began to research what pollution is and how it affects animals, plants and people. After completing their research, the students were assigned groups where they were to create the most effective way to reduce pollution at their school. 

After careful planning and additional research the students decided to formulate clubs that other students in the school could join to help this cause. Students participated in a group discussion lead by a speaker from the Newton County Recycling center. Also, each group created a mission statement and why statement to help organize their groups and encourage others to join their groups. 

They presented their final projects to students at the school.