I’m always on the lookout for products created by students through project based learning experiences. I'd rather see what students create to express their answer to a driving question than just read a summary of the project. I can find loads project ideas and descriptions online, but it’s much harder to find quality end products by students.
I've spent quite some time searching all over the internet for end products. I think these samples can be used as inspiration for your own projects. And, critiquing these samples can help students think of ways to make their own productions better.
What I look for in projects:
Elementary (Pre-Kindergarten – Second Grades)
Second graders took on the role of scientists to investigate the role of bees in their ecosystem.
Elementary (Third – Fifth Grades)
Middle School (Sixth – Eighth Grades)
High School (Ninth – Twelfth Grades)
As I wrote above, you can find plenty of sources for project ideas. Here are some good ones:
- Projects Ideas from Global Digital Citizenship Foundation
- STEM Project Gallery by Michigan Teachers
- West Virginia Department of Education - PBL by Subject/Grade
- The Virtual Schoolhouse - Projects for High School Students
- Industrial Mathematics Project for High School Students
- PBL Pathways - High School Math
Got an end product to share? Please leave a link in the comments! I will periodically update this page with more sample projects.
Learn more about project based learning...
Projects begin with a driving question–an open-ended question that sets the stage for the project by generating interest and curiosity. It captures the heart of the project by providing purpose using clear and compelling language.
In project based learning students answer a driving question. That question is so deep that it leads students to ask more and more questions. I have lots of strategies and tips for investigating answers to those questions.
Let’s take a look at sample projects and some of the hottest apps for showing, explaining, and retelling. These tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to a project’s driving question.