Project Based Learning

This is a collection of resources to use for Project Based Learning.  Please start by looking at the Sun West Professional Learning resource entitled "PBL Professional Learning (PD)".

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100 Project-Based Learning Ideas for Every Age – A.J. JULIANI
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"I’ve listed 100 PBL ideas below to help get you started on the project-based learning journey. The ideas below that are hyperlinked will send you to the project that is already developed. These 100 PBL experiences will be the first 100 projects created by our PBLK12 team and I can’t wait to share them out. In the meantime, use them to get inspired and give you some ideas to start PBL with your students." - A.J.Juliani

You have the option to purchase the PBL Playbook on this site as well to assist you with your PBL journey. It's currently FREE and you just pay shipping and handling. His resources are amazing and worth it.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Aj Juliani
Date Added:
10/18/2018
Agriculture Educational Resources
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A fabulous resource for K-12 students that makes connections to ELA, Social Studies, Career Ed, PAA, Health, Art & Math.

Featured resources include :
My Food My Story (Gr. K-4)
Saskatchewan Seed Kit (Gr. 3)
Global Food Security (Gr. 7)
Ag Careers (Gr. 7/8)
What is Growing Around Us? (Gr. 2-4)
Exploring a Healthy Relationship with the Land (ES20 or Gr. 10)
Ag in Sk: Past Present Future (Gr. 4)

There is much much more available as well!

Subject:
Arts Education
Career & Work Exploration
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Social Studies
Native Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Provider:
Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan
Author:
Agriculture in the Classroom
Date Added:
10/01/2018
Air in Motion
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Science Background:
An object in flight is constantly engaging in a tug of war between the opposing forces of lift, weight (gravity), thrust and drag. Flight depends on these forces – whether the lift force is greater than the weight force and whether thrust is greater than drag (friction) forces.
Lift and drag are considered aerodynamic forces because they exist due to the movement of an object (such as a plane) through the air. The weight pulls down on the plane opposing the lift created by air flowing over the wing. Thrust is generated by the propeller (engine) and opposes drag caused by air resistance. During take-off, thrust must counteract drag and lift must counteract the weight before the plane can become airborne.
If a plane or bird flies straight at a constant speed:
• lift force upwards = weight force downwards (so the plane/bird stays at a constant height)
• thrust force forwards = opposing force of drag (so the plane/bird stays at a constant speed).

Subject:
Education
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Anchor - Podcast tool
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This is available in website and app versions.

This is a very user friendly way to make podcasts. There are a variety of sound effects, clips etc to be used to make a polished more professional sounding podcast.

Students - make sure you have your school's and parent's permission before using this!

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Media Studies
Communication Media
Science
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Anchor
Date Added:
09/11/2019
App Development with Swift - Canvas Commons
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Instructors can now freely access "App Development with Swift" through the Canvas Commons. The course includes lessons, teacher guides and developer tools for use in the classroom.
You will need to work with apple products or iOS for this resource.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Coding
Computer Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Canvas Commons
Swift
Date Added:
09/16/2019
Black Marker Chromatography
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Science Background:

Most nonpermanent markers use inks that are made of colored pigments and water. On a coffee filter, the water in the ink carries the pigment onto the paper. When the ink dries, the pigment remains on the paper.

When you dip the paper in water, the dried pigments dissolve. As the water travels up the paper, it carries the pigments along with it. Different-colored pigments are carried along at different rates; some travel farther and faster than others. How fast each pigment travels depends on the size of the pigment molecule and on how strongly the pigment is attracted to the paper. Since the water carries the different pigments at different rates, the black ink separates to reveal the colors that were mixed to make it.

Chromatography is one of the most valuable techniques biochemists have for separating mixtures. It can be used to determine the ingredients that make up a particular flavor or scent, to analyze the components of pollutants, to find traces of drugs in urine, and to separate blood proteins in various species of animals (a technique that's used to determine evolutionary relationships).

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Carbon Snake
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Science Background:
• Sulfuric acid removes water from the sugar (Dehydration).
• Reaction is very exothermic (releases heat)
• With water removes you are left with elemental carbon
• Much of the water is boiled off as steam

Materials: Sulfuric acid, sugar, beaker, glass stir rod, dish to collect overflow

Directions:
1. Fill beaker 2/3 full of sugar. 100-250 mL is a good size
2. Add concentrated Sulfuric Acid so it just covers sugar
3. Mix with glass stir rid (you may need to add some more acid)
4. When beaker heats up (sugar turns brown) stop stirring.
5. Reaction may take a few minutes. Be patient.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
CodeCombat: Learn how to code by playing a game
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If you want to learn to program, you need to write (a lot of) code.
At CodeCombat, our job is to make sure you're doing that with a smile on your face.

Click "Play" then complete the pop up in the top right corner to create a free teacher account. Students can also get started without an account.

Subject:
Math
Coding
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
05/30/2019
Coloured Flames
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Science Background:

When a metal or metal salt is burned, the input of thermal energy raises the electrons in the metal atom to a higher energy state. These electrons cannot remain in this excited state for too long and will emit energy in the form of light to return to the more stable, grounded state. It is this light we see when a metal atom is burned in a flame. Each metal has a characteristic flame colour which has been found to be useful in identifying minerals.

Materials: wood splints, Bunsen burner or BBQ lighter, solutions of strontium chloride (red), cupper (II) chloride (blue), copper (II) sulphate (green), calcium chloride (orange), potassium chloride (purple), and sodium carbonate (yellow).

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Communities PBL
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All humans and everything made by humans have disappeared without a trace from Ireland. The students will need to do decide on where they are going to build 3 communities based on the following:

i. What is daily life like in Ireland?
ii. What are the needs and wants of a community?
iii. What resources are found in Ireland?
iv. How are communities interdependent?
v. How does climate and environmental factors affect where people live?
vi. How does available natural resources affect where people live?
vii. How can wealth be distributed between communities?

Subject:
Education
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
A “Cool” Heat Challenge
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Science Background:
Encourage students to be creative in their problem-solving strategies, within the scope of the rules. Students will discover that any strategy that increases the amount of heat or increases the surface area of the ice will result in a faster melt. You might ask students how they would change their strategies if the ice cube were doubled in size, if they were melting a large block of ice, or if they were melting an equal mass of ice chips.
Materials: one ice cube for each student
Directions:
Melt an ice cube as fast as you can, using the following three rules:
1. You cannot put the ice cube in your mouth
2. You must collect as much of the melted water as possible (decide how you will collect the water)
3. You can only use what is at your desk right now

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Creating Work Skills Through Project Based Learning
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Students will develop skills needed to work independently and with a group
within Problem Based Work. The skills centered around 21st Century
Competencies and work skills desired by employers. Five skills which will be
learnt, discussed, reflected upon, and executed include: leadership, problem
solving, teamwork, time management and communication.

Subject:
Career & Work Exploration
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Melissa Lander
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/18/2018
Creating a Culture of Questioning: Inquiry in Lower Elementary
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Inquiry in Lower Elementary
In the next part of our series from the Right Question Institute, we hear from two first-grade teachers on how they've created a culture of questioning. This blog takes us through the process of identifying the need, introducing and implementing the techniques, to the specific strategies used, and student reaction to the RQI method. What they've accomplished with their 6-7-year-old students is nothing short of inspiring.

There are some fabulous ideas in this article!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
04/15/2019
Creating the School of Your Dreams!
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Summary:
In partners, students researched schools and critically decided how they learn best and designed a school to meet their needs.

Lesson Plan: Creating the School of Your Dreams!

Introduction:The Saskatchewan Government has pledged to build 18 new schools in Saskatchewan. You have been selected to be a part of the design process for one of these schools. You must consider that everyone learns differently and has their own opinion on what the best parts of the school are. Your task is to come up with a proposal for the design team of a school that meets your needs and would allow you to learn to your full potential. Your school must still fulfill the requirements for a proper education to take place. You have an unlimited budget. What would you include in your school? Everyone learns differently and has their own opinion on what the best parts of the school are. Your task is to design a school that meets your needs and would allow you to learn to your full potential. You have an unlimited budget. What would you include in your school?

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/20/2018
Crushing the Can
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Science Background:
• Inside the can at room temperature (with the water inside) is at the same air pressure as the air outside the can
• Water expands to about 600 times its liquid volume when heated above its boiling point (100 degrees)
• Water expands and pushes almost all of the air outside of the can. The water vapor inside the can has the same pressure as the air outside the can
• Hot water vapor condenses into liquid water when cooled
• The volume of the condensed water is approximately 600 times less than the previous hot water vapor volume

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Dancing Gummy Bear
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Science Background:
• Exothermic reaction
• A great demonstration to show how chemical energy is changed into heat energy. This can be used to illustrate how food is digested into a useable energy for the body.
• Chemical changes of materials

Materials: gummi bear candy, potassium chlorate, large test tube, ring stand, bunsen burner or other heat source, tongs

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Deeper Learning Hub - Grade 4-12 PBL for Online (or at School) Learning
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These projects for grades 4-12 are designed to last 1-2 weeks.

The projects are cross-curricular and could be done via distance learning or in classrooms using technology.

Click the blue box that says "Start Teaching from the Catalog" to get started!

"These courses offer flexibility; you can start using a course immediately, or you can modify a course (adding content or changing the duration) to fit your context and need. See below for more details about the courses. We hope you'll be able to use them to support your students during distance learning.

-Your friends at the Deeper Learning Hub at HTH GSE"

They are currently free but this could change (if you are here and they are no longer free, please let go to the help centre (click your profile in the top right corner and select help centre) and add a ticket to let us know).

More From the Creators...
Want to learn more about the DL Hub Courses? Read on!

Who designed these courses?
"The DL Hub partnered with a talented group of instructional designers who built each project based course. Course designers work as High Tech High teachers, High Tech High Graduate School of Education faculty, and nationally recognized PBL consultants, and curriculum designers. More details about each course designer are available on the about page of each course.

How do I assign a course to my students?
To assign a course to your students, make a copy by clicking "Take With Your Own Group." You'll need to create a free Pathwright account so that you can tweak the course or add elements, and then invite your students to take the course.

Who can see my students' work?
The DL Hub is committed to protecting the privacy of student data. When a teacher makes a copy of a course they have created a private version of that course. Only the teacher and other students enrolled in the course will have access to the data. The agreement with our platform partner details that Pathwright ensures compliance with all applicable federal and California laws and regulations regarding collection and maintenance of student data, including, but not limited to, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act.

Can I use these courses to inspire my own curriculum?
Yes! We hope these courses can serve as a model of deeper learning through distance learning. Feel free to take inspiration from the courses and create your own curriculum that connects students to their learning in meaningful ways."

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Deeper Learning Hub
High Tech High
Date Added:
09/24/2020
Design & Build a Non-Slip Boot Tread
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Use the slippery sidewalks as inspiration to try this practical activity! Students work collaboratively to design and build a non-slip boot tread that uses friction to prevent slipping on an incline.

All materials are listed and provided including assessment and supporting media.

Subject:
Visual Arts
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Let's Talk Science
Author:
Digital Programs Team
Let's Talk Science
Date Added:
01/09/2020
Design Your Own Country
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Students experience the freedom of creating their very own country. They will consider basic information, create a flag, describe the culture, physical geography of their country. They will also create a map and share their learning in a way of their choice.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Nichole Bredy
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
11/21/2019
Dissolving Liquids in Water
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Science Background:
• Liquids have characteristic properties based on the molecules they are made of.
• The properties of liquids depend on the attractions the molecules of the liquid have for each other and for other substances.
• Liquids can dissolve certain other liquids, depending on the attractions between the molecules of both liquids.
• Polar liquids, like water, dissolve other liquids which are polar or somewhat polar.
• Polar liquids, like water, do not dissolve nonpolar liquids like oil.
Materials: Water, Vegetable oil, Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 70%, Corn syrup, 3 Clear plastic cups, 3 Small cups, 3 Popsicle sticks or stirrers

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Download – Your PBL Journey: A Guide for Teachers
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Follow the link to download the free guide!

Here's a guide for teachers getting started on their Project Based Learning professional learning journey. It's based on educational research and the experience of more than 100,000 educators.

The following areas are explored:
Discover
Learn
Implement
Reflect
Share & Lead

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
Buck Institute
PBL Works
Date Added:
07/24/2019
A FRAMEWORK FOR HIGH QUALITY PROJECT BASED LEARNING
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More and more educators around the world, both in and out of the classroom, believe that Project Based Learning (PBL) is an important instructional approach that enables students to master academic skills and content knowledge, develop skills necessary for future success, and build the personal agency needed to tackle life’s and the world’s challenges. All students, no matter where they live or what their background, deserve access to high quality Project Based Learning.

This framework progresses through 6 criteria: INTELLECTUAL CHALLENGE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT, AUTHENTICITY, PUBLIC PRODUCT, COLLABORATION, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, REFLECTION

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
HQ PBL
Date Added:
10/22/2018
Famous Failures Video
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This is a great video to introduce the idea that failure isn't failure if you keep on trying. It's only failure if you quit.
This can be used to introduce PBL, genius hour, or any time your students are struggling or want to give up easily.

Consider having the students watch the film, then give them a reflection question. Have them re-watch the video with your question in mind and then respond.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
10/22/2019
Foam in a Cup
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Science Background:
Substances can mixed in order to produce substances of completely different states.
Materials: corn syrup, 2 beakers, 2 colours of food colouring, stirring rod, vinegar, baking soda, vegetable oil, teaspoon, water, 50mL graduated cylinder, medicine dropper
Directions:
1. Pour 30mL of corn syrup into a beaker. Stir in 3 drops of food colouring. Sprinkle a heaping spoonful of baking soda on top of the corn syrup.
2. Measure 30mL of water into a graduated cylinder. Hold the beaker at an angle and carefully pour the water down one side. Add 30mL of vegetable in the same way.
3. In a separate beaker pour 20mL of vinegar and add 3 drops of food colouring.
4. Fill the medicine dropper with the vinegar mixture.
5. Position the dropper so the tip is at the very bottom of the beaker with corn syrup. Squeeze the bulb to release the vinegar into the first beaker.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
For Families: This Teachable Moment
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"Now more than ever, families need ideas and resources to help manage learning at home. So we’ve created a new resource for you to share with your students’ parents or caregivers.
This Teachable Moment, a free eBook available for download now, offers an intro to Project Based Learning and 21 easy-to-implement, “follow the recipe” PBL projects, designed for children of all ages and capabilities.
These projects can be used to keep kids learning, growing, and discovering during this summer, while giving families the space and time needed to stay productive."

Get the eBook - Download it and get 21 ready to go PBL activities!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
Adams
Buck Institute
Lenz
PBL Works
Rebecca Laird
Date Added:
06/17/2020
Fraction, Decimal, Percent- Adventure Holiday
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Your mission is to plan a 1 week adventure holiday for 12 math students anywhere in Saskatchewan. At the end of the project, you will have a chance to “sell” your adventure holiday to other students and hope they choose yours! You have $2500 a person.

Math Learning Goals:

· Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals (N7.2)

· Compare and order fractions, decimals and mixed numbers (N7.3)

· Convert between fractions and terminating/repeating decimals (N7.3)

· Solve problems involving fractions, decimals and percents (N7.3, N7.4)

· Adding and Subtracting Integers (N7.6)

· Developing and Evaluating Expressions (P7.1, P7.2)

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/22/2018
Gale in Context: Elementary
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Replaces Kid's InfoBits for K to Grade 5 and features:

-A completely redesigned interface specifically for young students that encourages exploration through a visual topic tree
-Text-to-speech technology and on-demand article translation into over 20 languages
-Searching by Lexile range or finding content based on basic, intermediate, or advanced learning levels
-Over 16,600 indexed images, 600 videos, and 1,700 charts and graphs

To access Blackboard visit [www.edonline.sk.ca]www.edonline.sk.ca.

Your username is: firstname.lastname and your password is MMDD using the 4 digits of your birthday (for example, if your birthday is February 1st, you would enter 0201).

Once you are logged in, change your password. If you need to request a password reset follow this link www.edonline.sk.ca/webapps/blackboard/password.

All students have an Edonline account and use the same username/password convention as described for teachers above.

This is a link to the Teaching Tool and Support page to help you get started. https://tinyurl.com/SWSDBlackboard

If you have issues logging in, you can contact the Ministry of Education’s Support Desk at 1-866-933-8333 or email at networkservices@gov.sk.ca.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Blackboard Learn
Date Added:
06/01/2020
Genially - the tool for bringing your content to life
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"This tool allows you to create presentations, infographics, video presentations, resumes, and more.

It includes many templates with access to photos, animations, and illustrations giving the user the ability to make any image or text interactive.

Content can be shared through a link or downloaded.

Teachers can make materials to share with students or other teachers, and students can use to build resumes or design a product for summative assessment." (AASL)

The gamification options look really good within this tool. You (or your students) can make a variety of different games to test content.

There are some great product choices in here to demonstrate learning.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Communication Studies
Media Studies
Science
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Genially
Date Added:
09/11/2019
History 10 PBL
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This PBL leads students to study and analyze people and events connected with "English Civil War and Glorious Revolution". The PBL includes disclosures for the students to consider and assessments (formative and summative). A PowerPoint of pictures of the historically important people is attached.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/18/2018