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22 Customizable STEM Project-Based Learning Activities. If you’re a teacher or homeschool parent looking for ideas for STEM project-based learning activities, then you’ve come to the right place!

22 Customizable STEM Project-Based Learning Activities

We’ve compiled a list of terrific STEM project-based learning activities that can be tailored to meet your students’ needs. Our list breaks down the learning activities by subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Many of these activities are customizable so they can be catered to toddlers all the way up to high school aged students. If you’re looking for some quick 5-minute project ideas to keep the kids busy while you’re on the phone or taking care of house chores, check out this Bored Jar idea from Left Brain Craft Brain. Whenever the kids say “I’m bored,” just have them pull something from the jar and get to some fun learning! PBL Pilot: Apps, Tips, and Tricks. Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the seventh installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

PBL Pilot: Apps, Tips, and Tricks

Project-based learning is a complex teaching method that, in our experience, requires a clear and established workflow to seamlessly accommodate the needs of teachers, parents, and students. Throughout this school year, we have found several apps, add-ons, and programs that have helped us best manage our workflow. Before we provide brief descriptions and links to each of them, it is important to state the current situation in our classroom: Students in our classes have individual iPads to use during the school day (they stay at school). Every student has a school-generated Gmail account. Project Based Learning Ideas & Resources Help You Kick-Start PBL. PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading. Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the fifth installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading

Project-based learning has been wonderful. Students are self-reporting how they're experiencing a deeper level of learning, and parents are saying that their children are actively (and often voluntarily) elaborating on their learning outside of school. We firmly believe that PBL is one of the best teaching methodologies available for the 21st century. Students observe a wolf exhibit at the Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo. Photo credit: Matt Weyers The opportunities to assess students on the 4 Cs (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking) have been endless. Problem #1: Lack of Traditional Homework Working Solution. PBL Pilot: Student Work Showcase. Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the fourth installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

PBL Pilot: Student Work Showcase

"Once a student creates work that is sophisticated, important, and beautiful, that student is never the same. " @RonBergerEL Throughout this year, the question has come up a few times about whether or not some of the projects that we have developed may be too challenging for our students. We believe differently. We feel that students deserve to do real work for real people, and that the work they do can provide positive impact well outside our little corner of the world. The Kiva Project Kiva is an online organization that specializes in providing microloans in increments of $25.00 to applicants in Third World countries. To prepare for the fundraiser night, students were asked to create a unique written work about a country found on Kiva.org. PBL Project Planning: Matching Projects to Standards. Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the third installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

PBL Project Planning: Matching Projects to Standards

Project Planning: The Evolution. PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students. Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the second installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

PBL Pilot: Rolling It Out to Parents and Students

The Situation When our fifth grade PBL pilot was approved this past spring, we realized immediately that we would need to spend significant time and energy on messaging and brand-management. We knew that it would be vital to brand this idea in such a way that project-based learning would become an accepted method capable of meeting all of our students' needs. To do this, we acknowledged that we needed to create a consistent, positive, and supportive message so that grassroots support would germinate across the community. As educators, we fundamentally understood that our PBL approach was going to look drastically different than more traditional classrooms.

PBL: Jumping in Headfirst. Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the first installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program.

PBL: Jumping in Headfirst

The Project-Based Learning (PBL) Pilot Program we will be embarking on this year has been several years in the making. Approximately two years ago, a group of educators from our district attended an Innovative Quality Schools Conference in Minneapolis. The conference focused on student-centered teaching methods designed to increase achievement and engagement in students of all ability levels. What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? You know the hardest thing about teaching with project-based learning?

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

Explaining it to someone. It seems to me that whenever I asked someone the definition of PBL, the description was always so complicated that my eyes would begin to glaze over immediately. So to help you in your own musings, I've devised an elevator speech to help you clearly see what's it all about. PBL: The Elevator Speech. Problem Based Learning Explained for Teachers. Project based Learning. Social Studies Projects & Ideas for PBL History, Geography, Civics. These 350 projects in social studies take your students beyond dioramas and research papers to authentic learning in community and civic problem-solving and world outreach.

Social Studies Projects & Ideas for PBL History, Geography, Civics

Your students collaborate with classes across campus, the town or the world to develop solutions, to share international cultures, and to understand local, state, national and world issues. I got my start on social studies projects with an ePals project. (ePals projects are listed below.) My class paired up with a class in Germany to learn about the culture and geography of Germany and Europe. The structure of the ePals project helped me to organize my lessons, and helped my students in a display to present what they learned of Europe to other 2nd grade classes.

So for years, I've been a project collector and shared interesting projects I've found with teachers and homeschooling parents. Image of The Map Probe, 2, courtesy of IK's World Trip, under Creative Common 2.01 license, hosted on Flickr.com. Making Projects Click. PBL Gallery. Home | Getting Started | Modules | Resources | About Us View the work of teachers who developed and implemented PBL units/mini-units.

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Feel free to download and use the PBL as a template for your work with students. We appreciate your feedback. View additional middle school projects on the STEM-MI Champions Gallery page. The Differentiator. Try Respondo! → ← Back to Byrdseed.com The Differentiator The Differentiator is based on Bloom's Taxonomy, Kaplan and Gould's Depth and Complexity, and David Chung's product menu. Try It In: French Dutch • Tweet It • Like Byrdseed • Pin It Students will judge the ethics of the [click to edit] using a textbook and create an essay in groups of three.

Revised Bloom's Taxonomy adapted from "A Taxonomy for Learning,Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives" by Anderson and Krathwohl Depth and Complexity adapted from The Flip Book by Sandra N. Depth Big Idea Unanswered Questions Ethics Patterns Rules Language of the Discipline Essential Details Trends Complexity Multiple Points Of View Change Over Time Across the Disciplines Imperatives Origin Convergence Parallels Paradox Contribution Key Words Consequences Motivations Implications Significance Adapted from David Chung and The Flip Book, Too by Sandra N. Group Size One Two Three Four. STEM MI Champions: Leading Project-Based Learning / FrontPage.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects. Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, is a 100 percent project-based learning school. They are part of the New Tech Network of schools and their approach has yielded remarkable results, including a 98 percent graduation rate, with all of their graduates accepted to college. The success of their PBL approach is largely attributable to the fact that their process is designed to stimulate student inquiry. Additionally, their process can be applied to any project in any subject, which means there is a consistent approach across grades and subjects at Manor. We followed a sophomore world studies class through a three-week project called Controlling Factors, created by teaching partners Mary Mobley (English) and Michael Chambers (world history). They designed a project that capitalized on the wild popularity among their students of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games.

What Is PBL Really? Do you want to engage your students in Project Based Learning (PBL)? Maybe you are asking yourself what is PBL really? Am I doing it right? Well, first of all, the most important thing to understand is that PBL is a construct made up by human beings and so there are lots of variations! And you are entitled to construct your own version, too, within some parameters. My suggestion is to study many of the great resources that are available to you and then create your own working definition and effective PBL practice. What Are the Elements of An Effective Project? A project is not just an assignment with added time, Gary Stager quipped at his #ISTE11 session. Likewise, technology doesn’t make the difference between a project that’s crap or one that’s true craft; an effective teacher does. “Without good music teachers, we’d just have kids recording their burps in garage band,” he added.

Articles/goodpbl.pdf. What Are the Elements of An Effective Project? The Innovators: Project Based Learning and the 21st Century DVD. Friday, December 19, 2014 This offer applies to print books and DVDs only. The products must total at least $75.00 (pre-tax) and be purchased online in the ASCD Store. The products must ship via standard UPS Ground rates in the continental United States. This offer applies to inventory and electronic products (books, e-books, periodicals, DVDs) only. The products must total at least $50.00 (pre-tax) and be purchased online in the ASCD Store. Grading and Group Work: How do I assess individual learning when students work together? (ASCD Arias) Express 10.04 - Managing the Process of PBL.

Express 10.04 - Field Notes: PBL as Organized Chaos. Field Notes PBL as Organized Chaos Brian DeRose Walk into my high school classroom on any given day, and it will most likely look like chaos. Students are in loose groups—some on their mobile devices, some on desktop computers, and the rest chatting with one another. Snack wrappers and half-full coffee cups pepper the desktops. Project Based Learning Resources. What Is PBL Really? Project Based Learning. Project Based Learning.