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Project Based Learning for Elementary School

My school has recently adopted a Project-Based Learning initiative. My 4th grade team planned our first unit and in all honesty, failed royally. We didn’t align it to the current standards, it was hardly based in inquiry, and it less than enthralled the students. We get to create and try to implement another project at the end of the year, so my desire to self-educate prior to that is crucial. The following resources are helping to guide me in creating an effective PBL unit for my students.
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Project Based Learning for Elementary School
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    Okay, the title of this book is a little hokey, but I like that it is not ONLY labeled as project based learning (even thought that is what this collection is about) because I think that a lot of PBL resources can get a little narrow in the thinking behind them. This book is funny and eye-opening, offering great ideas to try in your own class that are both PBL based and furthermore, just excellent teaching practices!
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This video blows my mind. The methods that are the foundation for how this school runs and the ideas that spawn learning with these 5 year olds are simply incredible. Although many of the specific activities and projects are not quite applicable to upper elementary, the thought process behind them are 100% inspired and applicable.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This site has been a lifesaver for me thus far. Coming up with appropriate project ideas that fit all of the requirements of a true project based learning model is difficult; this site makes it easier! Not only are there TONS of resources and links here, but most of them lead to tangible and realistic project plans.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    How Does Project-Based Learning Work?

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    Margot Carmichael says:
    No collection would be complete without a post from Edutopia!! This post takes you on a quick journey from the Project Based Learning starting point all the way through the final stages in a concise and useful way. Project Based Learning takes a whole lot more planning and information than this post offers, but it is a great place to start before jumping in with both feet.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    The basic information and template guides and lesson ideas that this site offers are substantial and worth looking at.