Project Based Learning (PBL)

  • requires inquiry to learn and/or create something new
  • requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaborationand various forms of communication, often known as “21st Century Skills
  • results in a publicly presented product or performance


Lesson Plan/Directions

Invention Description:

iPillow Description

Invention description iCap vs Mega Cap

Labeled Diagram:

Commercial pic

Mega Cap Music System - drawing

Persuasive Advertisement Assignment:

iPillow Commercial Script

Invention Mega Cap Script

Commercial Assignment: 

The i-Pillow


More commercials…

The Nano-UV Gun (kills bacteria)

The Bike Glow Light

Cool Spy Pen Commercial

Color Picker Spy Pen- Commercial


More projects…

Digestive System (5th & 6th grade):

After researching the digestive system parts, use the SMART Board to drop and drag the parts in a hands-on partner activity (collaboration, technology, SMART Board)

using technology in science hands-on

Creation of a Life-size Model using recycled materials in a collaborative group- (collaboration, Art, creativity)


Digestive System Writing - (Internet research, putting information in you own words, writing)

Student Writing Sample- Digestive System

Digestive System Collaborative Animation and PowerPoint Presentation (Animation, collaboration, technology, PowerPoint, editing, 5th and 6th graders)

small intestine

Digestive System Presentation


Who uses adjectives in the real world?

Students researched menus from local restaurants looking for adjectives in groups. These were displayed on the class bulletin board and shared. Then, they created menus of their own! Finally, students made 1-2 items from their menu and other students and teachers were invited to come and sample the food while they explained the items (using as many adjectives as possible) to their guests.

adjective bulletin board

adjectives in local menus

menu project


Book Report Projects:

Students self-selected which type/style of report from a shoebox filled with the character’s special remembrances, to a travel brochure depicting the characters and setting of the book, to a cereal box with the student’s version of the book cover. Freedom to be creative!

book report projects


3-D Insect Project:

Who says 2nd graders can’t research, learn to take notes in their own words and create a 3-D insect project using materials gathered from outside?

insect project - collaborative research

insect project - collaboration 2nd grade

insect project

insect project final

Why project based learning (PBL)?

Project based learning (PBL) is the most effective way to teach. It results in student demonstrations of performance and it is a hands-on student-directed activity. Benefits include  a greater depth of understanding of concepts, broader knowledge base, improved communication and interpersonal/social skills, enhanced leadership skills, increased creativity, and improved writing skills.



Project Based Learning:

  • is organized around an open-ended driving question or challenge
  • creates a need to know essential content and skills
  • requires inquiry to learn and/or create something new
  • requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms ofcommunication, often known as “21st Century Skills
  • allows some degree of student voice and choice
  • incorporates feedback and revision
  • results in a publicly presented product or performance


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