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)
Documentary with kindergartners who talk about sharing their learning about butterflies
Video by kindergartners
Read about and see samples from pre-kindergarenters
Read about and see photos from pre-kindergarten
PDF with examples from kindergarten
Second graders took on the role of scientists to investigate the role of bees in their ecosystem.
Video by 1st graders about how they sold trail mix
View photos and read a write up about first graders
Elementary (Third – Fifth Grades)
Digital book by a 4th graders
Comics by third graders
Video by 3rd graders studying the United Nations
Watch a documentary featuring 4th graders
See 5th graders in this documentary learn about explorers
iBook by 4th graders
Illustrated video story by a fourth grade
View a Padlet wall created by 5th graders
View a documentary featuring 3rd graders
Middle School (Sixth – Eighth Grades)
Blog post with photos of 6th graders’ products.
TED style talk by an 8th grader
Reflection video with sixth graders (click the Videos tab)
View an infographic by an 8th grader (read more)
8th graders develop 3D books about engineering
Middle schoolers in New Hampshire developed Chow Checker, an Android app
Read an eBook by 7th graders (requires iBooks)
Video by an 8th grader
See how middle schoolers reading The Giver designed their own utopias
High School (Ninth – Twelfth Grades)
Video by a history student
Students write, act, direct, produce, and screen adaptations of short stories
School news website completely produced by students
Shyann published an online book to teach kids about the U.S. Constitution
Student submit proposals and choose a graphic design tool to create infographics
Video by calculus students at Madeira School
Read a blog post and watch a video about colonizing Georgia by a 9th grader
Murals created by high schools for the San Diego Blood Bank
Video with hand drawn illustrations and text
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.