Find Project Ideas For PBL
BIE Tools – PBL Project Search – Here you will find a collection of 450 proven lesson plans to set any PBL desire into action. Look at the database found on the right hand side of the page.
West Virginia PBL Project Data Base – This is a wonderful site where teachers can search through the subjects of reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, dance, visual arts, theater, and music. You can select from grade two all the way through grade twelve. These are PBL projects made by teachers for teachers!
Learning Reviews – This website claims to connect kids to learning on the web. It really connects kids to awesome, engaging, rigorous, and relevant projects. It points to numerous websites on the internet that house some great PBL possibilities. Be sure to check out all of the subjects and grade levels.
Here are more than 30 websites with free PBL examples, guidance, rubrics, and templates. To see project-based learning lessons sorted by subject go to:
- PBL Language Arts Projects by grade level
- PBL Science Lesson Ideas by topic
- PBL Math Project Ideas by topic
- PBL Social Studies Project Ideas by grade level
- Kindergarten - Some neat PBL Kindergarten ideas
- First Grade - More ideas for first grade
- Second Grade - More ideas
- Third Grade - More Ideas
- Fourth Grade - Upper Elementary thoughts
Talladega School Collection - Great collection of PBL resources, projects and ideas.
PBL Academy - Collection of PBL projects including a concentration of math ideas
High Tech High School - Selection of PBL projects from High Tech High in San Diego, California
Envision Schools - Collection of projects from Envision Schools
Wested - Nice selection of exemplary PBL projects
Virtual Schoolhouse - Online and blended PBL ideas for projects
Edutopia - Article pointing to ideas for High School with regards to PBL
Global Schoolhouse - Whether you’re just starting out, or ready for advanced levels — this tutorial will help you implement collaborative, project-based learning on the Internet.
Project Foundry – Any school investigating PBL must take a look. It is the last of my Land Of PBL only because it does carry a cost. Project Foundry is an online learning management and student portfolio system that allows innovative educators to scale authentic, integrated, individualized learning. It really works well in a connected online environment. You will find that this fee-based system includes integration with online tools such as Google Apps and Moodle.
BIE – The Buck Institute (BIE) is of course is one of the international leaders in PBL. In fact I am a proud member of their National Faculty. On the front of BIE page you will find a large collection of projects. A simple search through the data base may just land you on that project you have been looking for. Many times the project will contain those essential PBL elements. Enjoy the search!
The New York Times Learning Network – The supplied link happens to bring you right to the math section of this amazing site. Have you ever thought about exploring Driving Questions that ask some of the below mathematical concepts?
· How is math beautiful?
· How big is infinity?
· What happens if we go over a fiscal cliff?
· Is Algebra necessary?
If these questions spark your curiosity to explore the wonderful world of numbers and computation then the New York Times Learning Network is a must visit! The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials, ideas, and lesson plans based on New York Times content. Teachers can use or adapt these lessons and even contribute their own ideas. While the lessons may not be a complete PBL they can sure provide the footprint for a new idea or scaffolding for a current project. Take a visit and start reading some of these amazing ideas. I guarantee it will get you looking at math in a different way and might help you generate a completely new idea.
Emergent Math – Looking for ideas that just might spark a PBL math idea? Emergent Math is dedicated to brainstorming interesting and dynamic math problems and projects. The facilitator of the blog is employed by the New Technology Network of Schools. The post really do allow for real mathspiration (inspirational combined with math). As stated in the blog, “interesting math problem/project can come in the form of a picture, a video, a tweet, something your child says, etc”. This blog really does attempt to use all of the preceding ideas, plus more! The posts generate ideas on how these concepts just might fit in the classroom and/or provide some driving/guiding questions. The best place to begin your exploration is at the first page of the blog and read the index! You will enjoy your emersion in Math!
Less Helpful Math – Many math teachers are familiar with the amazing work of Dan Meyers. Dan has been a high school math and currently studies math education at Stanford University. He speaks internationally and works with textbook publishers assisting in the transformation of print past to digital future. You will be tempted to spend hours, days, and weeks in this amazing blog. In fact, just subscribe so you do not miss a thing. Dan has the wonderful ability to talk in a real world math language. Many of his examples and ideas can be the footprint of scaffolding for either PBL or PrBL (Problem Based Learning). Areas to make sure you explore include blog articles, author’ choice, My Curricula (3 Act Math), My Projects, and of course the Categories! Just don’t watch the clock, there is no way to predict the minutes you will spend in this amazing land of math!
Share My Lesson – This link will land you at the PBL Math Portion of the site. Share My Lesson is a place where educators come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. It was created by teachers for teachers. It is a free platform giving access to high-quality teaching resources. It provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other. Many of the math activities and plans will provide ideas to a PBL project, the idea for a PBL project, or scaffolding ideas to reside in a PBL project. Be sure to explore the lessons in Algebra, Geometry, Mathematical Functions, Statistics, and Probability. At last count there were over 3500 combined lessons. Perhaps that is still not enough and you will find something to share!
PBL Pathways – This is a website dedicated to Math and PBL. In the supplied link you are directed to the PBL Projects. Here you will discover some project ideas covering many areas of advanced math. Each is a complete project that you may wish to include. Please be sure to read their Terms of Copyright Statement when using the materials. The site really does contain some outstanding mathematical PBL pathways.
Project Based Instruction in Mathematics for the Liberal Arts - The purpose of this wonderful web site is to provide projects and resources for instructors and students who wish to teach and learn college mathematics or post-algebra high school mathematics via project-based instruction. Many of these projects can be geared toward high school mathematics Project-Based Instruction in Mathematics for the Liberal Arts (PBI-MLA) was developed at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg (now known as University of South Carolina Upstate). In six years, it developed an amazing 30% higher success rate than traditional textbook-driven sections of College Mathematics. You will find some great ideas as you explore.
CIMS Industrial Mathematics Projects For High School Students - The WPI Industrial Mathematics Project for High School Students developed over twenty industrial mathematics projects for high school students. Best of all these were drawn from a variety of real-world situations. These engaging projects are available for every level of high school mathematics, from Algebra to Calculus and Statistics. The length and scope of these projects is very flexible. Each project contains enough material for a major, semester-long endeavor, but its component parts can be used in a shorter project of for scaffolding activities. Explore the project database which contains downloadable versions of each of the projects, ready to be assigned to students.
TEDed Math – The TED-Ed commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, one can find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. This link brings you to some amazing Math lessons that can be used for a footprint of a PBL Unit of a scaffold activity.
Mathematical Moments - Authenticity is important in Math PBL. It seems that Math educators are always looking for ways they can show how math is used in the world around us. Discover a site that will help you achieve this goal of real world application. The site is cleverly titled Mathematical Moments and it is well worth the time! It contains free printable posters that are 8.5" x 11" PDF documents. These informational posters are available on many different topics in science, nature, technology, and human culture. As you take a closer look many of these posters note that many have a link to some short feature podcast interviews with experts in the field. These posters and podcast could spark the idea for a PBL math unit that brings authenticity into your math teaching.
The PBL Academy - The PBL Academy at Indiana University provides outstanding project based learning instruction, structure, and on-going support for K-12 educators. The provided link focuses on the numerous Math Projects hosted at the Academy. You will find them in the Math Matters Area. Each project is developed by participating teachers. Along with the elements of PBL, each project must also address an actual local ‘need’ which may include an on-going business process or an enhancement of a municipal program, etc. Of course these ideas can be adopted and assimilated into just about any community. When landing on the site you can sign up or log in as a guest.
Real World Math – This site contains a collection of free math activities for Google Earth designed for students and educators. There are some outstanding connections to PBL! As you know, mathematics is much more than a set of problems in a textbook. Students will find that in the virtual world of Google Earth, concepts and challenges can be presented in a meaningful way. While this link will take you to the PBL section be sure to explore other areas of the site that can be used as you scaffold existing PBL units.
Intel PBL – Intel stresses that PBL puts assessment and content standards at the forefront of learning. It is with projects that students can be engaged in authentic work and develop 21st- century skills of collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking. A well-designed, project-based curriculum can yield high quality results for students and a rewarding experience for teachers. The provided link opens the door to some great Math projects from Intel.
Exploring Space Through Math – This amazing NASA site promotes inquiry through real world applications. Students assume the role of NASA scientists, engineers and researchers who work in teams to accomplish tasks. These projects promote cooperative learning, problem-solving and the use of technology. The problems in this project follow the 5-E’s Instructional Model with a segment for each phase of instruction - Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate. The projects cover the scope of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Precalculus.
Curriki Algebra – This is an Open Education Resource (OER) Algebra course that consists of five units aligned to the Common Core. Each of the units culminates in a project that utilizes mastery of conceptual understanding taught in the individual lessons. These units include:
· Unit 1: Relationships between Quantities and Reasoning with Equations
· Unit 2: Linear and Exponential Relationships
· Unit 3: Descriptive Statistics
· Unit 4: Expressions and Equations
· Unit 5: Quadratic Functions and Modeling
Teach 21 – This resource rich site was designed by teachers to assist colleagues in planning and delivering effective 21st century instruction in West Virginia. While it enables educators to quickly access 21st Century Content Standards, Learning Skills and Technology Tools for WV Schools the provided link indexes the Math PBL projects for grades 3 -12. There are over 50 potential projects to explore!
Annenberg Learner Math Lessons - Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. The math lessons could be a footprint to a PBL unit or scaffolding for an entire PBL. While at the site… take a look at the interactives.
MIT Blossoms - All of the lessons in the MIT Blossoms library have been contributed by BLOSSOMS partners from around the world. There is a watch the Teacher’s Guide Video Segment included with each lesson to learn more about it. The final segment of each BLOSSOMS video lesson is a one-on-one conversation between the teacher and the “virtual teacher.” Best of all, these lessons can be part of a PBL unit. The provided link brings you to the Math (English Language) Section.
Figure This - This wonderful site is the work of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, in cooperation with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Widmeyer Communications, and the Learning First Alliance. Its mission is to challenge middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. While it was created to allow for family interaction, it is also figures into the Math PBL classroom. The site allows students to have the opportunity to face some every day real life math challenges. These challenges feature:
- Descriptions of the important math involved
- Notes on where the math is used in the real world
- Hints on how to get started
- Complete solutions to the challenge
- A "Try This" section for formative learning
- Some additional related problems with answers
- An assortment of questions to think about with each challenge
- Really fun facts related to the math
- A database of resources for further exploration.
Mathalicious – While this is a paid site you will find several free projects on the homepage. Perhaps you will find that the paid lessons are really well worth it! This site does demonstrate that math is about more than just numbers and equations. Students find that math is a tool to explore the world around us. Mathalicious provides teachers with lessons that help them teach math in a way that engages their students–in a way that helps students understand how the world works. Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards and explore real life questions.
Get The Math - An amazing site that combines video and web interactivity to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems. Lessons can be made that draw on conventions of popular reality TV shows. The video segments begin with profiles of young professionals, who then pose challenges connected to their jobs to two teams of teens. Students are encouraged to try the challenges themselves using interactive tools provided on the Get the Math website. This can be the start of some PBL of PrBl. After their best attempt, students return to the video to see the teams’ solutions. To expand learning, students can further explore the same, as well as extended algebraic concepts through add
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