What is Project-based Learning?
Project-based learning is a teaching method where students gain and apply skills by working on a long project where they complete an in-depth inquiry into a specific topic or question. Like all teaching methods, it’s not standalone. It can be added to the teaching you are already doing in your classroom. PBL allows for more real world application and in-depth understanding of the concepts your students need to understand.
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Why Project-based Learning?
Project-based learning is great for the classroom for many reasons.
- PBL makes it easy to differentiate. Read this blog post for more information.
- Classroom management gets easier with PBL because students are engaged in learning. This blog post has more info on setting your classroom up for PBL success.
- Any and all types of technology can be included in PBL!
- You can incorporate multiple subject areas into one PBL.
- PBL can be done any month of the year. Holiday-themed PBL is a student favorite! (See the holiday PBL under each grade level below)
Planning project-based learning is a huge task. It can be time consuming to align it to the standards and figure out how to bring in multiple subject areas. I’ve already done the work and we’ve tried and revised each project many time. Each PBL included all the printables students will need to keep their work organized, as well as detailed teacher guides to walk you through the entire PBL. The teachers guides include the following:
- How to get your students ready for each part, sometimes including videos to watch and articles to read
- Differentiation ideas
- The standards each part of the project relates to
- How to make connections with the other subject areas
- How to complete each part of the project, including teacher examples