$5 million grant to help develop elementary teaching model

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University researchers are working on a model for teaching elementary students science while improving skills in math, reading and writing at the same time.

The effort involving the East Lansing school is funded by a five-year, $5 million grant from Lucas Education Research, a division of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Executive Director Kristin De Vivo says in a statement Thursday that the goal is to bring the benefits of project-based learning to more classrooms throughout the nation.

Joseph Krajcik, director of Michigan State's CREATE for STEM Institute, will lead colleagues from MSU and the University of Michigan as they design and develop materials for grades 3 and 4. Krajcik said the project will build on previous research and help teachers make stronger connections between education standards.

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