Merriam Projects

Merriam Projects

What is a project?

"A project is an interdisciplinary study of a particular topic that one or more children undertake... Work on a project might extend over a period of days or weeks, depending on the children's ages and the nature of the topic... Projects usually involve children in advanced planning and in various activities that might require several days or weeks of sustained effort. This approach emphasizes the teacher's role in encouraging children to interact with people, objects, and the environment in ways that have personal meaning to them. As a way of learning, it emphasizes children's active participation in their own studies... An overall aim of this approach is to cultivate the life of the young child's mind. In its fullest sense, the term mind includes not only knowledge and skills, but also emotional, moral, and aesthetic sensibilities." (Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach) by Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard. 

Examples of Projects

Knights, castles and medieval studies in Kindergarten

Tide Pools in First Grade

Study of Kenya in Second Grade

Farm to factory in Third Grade

Native Americans in Fourth Grade

Transport systems in Fifth Grade

Ancient Civilizations in Sixth Grade