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What play-based learning looks like depends on the subject it is being used in. Overall, it involves hands-on activities and children learning through these activities. These activities can be used to teach/introduce the lesson, or they can be used as a reinforcement. In science, it might be experimenting with cardboard and cars to understand ramps. For math, it might be using manipulatives to learn about shapes. In social studies it could be putting on a puppet show, while in English it might be playing Ispy to find words that begin with the letter p. Three research questions were created to help guide the research project. 1. Is play based learning beneficial to children’s academics in grades K-6? 2. How is play based learning demonstrated in classrooms?3. What are the differences in play-based learning in grades K-6? These research questions guided the research, as well as, helped create the themes identified in this research paper.


Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Thesis Comittee

Jeanne Carey Ingle, Ph.D., Thesis Advisor
John Marvelle, Ed.D., Committee Member
Linda Amaral Kelly, M.Ed., Committee Member

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.