The Project Calendar can be used to plan the day-to-day activities in a project, from the Entry Event to culminating presentations and reflection. This planning tool can help you move your project from the "big idea" level to the level of concrete student experiences in the classroom.
This is a sample of a completed project planning form for a fifth grade project that integrates life sciences and English Language Arts standards. It shows how teachers can use the project planning forms to map out a challenging project that aligns with standards and supports 21st century success skills.
This planning form for Project Based Learning has two components. Use the "Project Design: Overview" section to define your project's key features. Then use the "Project Design: Student Learning Guide" to dive deeper, planning scaffolding and formative assessment, aligning to standards and defining your project's major products.
The user-friendly Essential Project Design Elements Checklist can help you to quickly evaluate a project's design and make sure that the project includes all the essential elements of rigorous, effective PBL.
Authentic learning experiences are created around genuine, outside audiences and meaningful purposes. This practical guide provides step-by-step instructions to make it easy for teachers to create their own authentic learning experiences. It's also chock-full of examples and project ideas from different grade levels and content areas.
Designed for teachers of Kindergarten through 5th grade students, PBL in the Elementary Grades contains down-to-earth, classroom-tested advice, including sample projects, step-by-step guidance, tips from experienced practitioners, and planning tools.
The PBL Starter Kit is written for middle school and high school teachers who are new to PBL. It contains easy to read, brief and to-the-point advice about your first, relatively simple project, with examples and tools to help you plan it well.