Engaging and Meaningful Learning Experiences at Home: Remote Project-Based Learning

Schools are closed and many districts have made the shift to learning on-line. There are ways to engage your students in project-based learning even while they are at home. The way this is done will be different based on the age of your students and their access to technology, but the ideas listed below should meet the needs of many students. On this page you will find projects and resources for at-home project-based learning (a reminder--you can go through the steps of planning a project on the professional modules page of this site). The first section contains links for available resources on the web, and the following section is divided by grade level. Click on the grade level you are interested in; many projects can be adapted for older or younger students. This page will continue to add ideas over the coming weeks.

Here are links to articles published by PBLworks and others to help teachers plan for remote learning:

And here are some resources for projects you can do with your class:

Have you developed a project or found a great resource to support PBL or inquiry-based learning at home? Email 3csnewhampshire@gmail.com if you're willing to share!

PBL-at-home: PK-5 Projects

Click on a project title to connect to the project plan.

Home Base

Driving Question: Parents need to work from home, and kids need to learn and play during the day. How can we make that work?

Icky Insects?

Driving Question: Should people be afraid of insects? 

Where does the Garbage Go?

Driving Question: How can we make less trash in our home?

pdf version

Social Distancing Photojournalist Project

Driving Question: How can we, as photojournalists, tell stories of our family experience during this period of social distancing?

Inspiration at the Pond

Driving Question: How can observing life in wetlands help us find solutions to human problems?

**A remote learning project adapted from PBLworks' project Inspired by Nature, found at http://ootg.pblworks.org/ootg/projects/inspired-by-nature. This project has a focus on New Hampshire/Northeastern United States' wetlands, but could be adapted for your location.

The Home Fort Challenge

Driving Question: How can I teach my classmates how to make a strong, sturdy (and really cool!) fort they can build in their home?

pdf version

InquirED is posting weekly, week-long inquiries that integrate social studies and literacy.

NASA STEM Engagement has activities for kids to do at home that could become a part of a project.

STEM Design Challenges based on children's literature can be found at this site.

Tinkergarten has many projects for young children who want to be outside!

**You can also adapt an existing project for use remotely. PBLworks has many project examples from which to choose here and here (you'll need to set up a free account for this one).

Need inspiration for learning at home with young children?

 
 

PBL-at-home: Middle School Projects

Click on the project titles for more information. See the "high school" section for additional (and adaptable) ideas.

Financial Literacy: How can I, as an adult, make wise financial decisions and increase my income?

Created by Janelle Chong, Mathematics Teacher

What's your Dream Job?

The Passion Project: to download the project document, click here, to read more about it, click here.

InquirED is posting weekly, week-long inquiries that integrate social studies and literacy.

Adapt an existing project for use remotely. PBLworks has many project examples from which to choose here and here (you'll need to set up a free account for this one).

 

PBL at-home: High School Projects

High school students possess independent skills that open up many possibilities for working at home. Here are some ideas to put the elements of PBL in your remote learning opportunities. The middle school projects may also be adaptable for high school students.

  • Inquiry-based Learning: Think of a general topic you want to cover with your students. Have them develop a driving question to investigate a specific aspect of the topic. A high school in Pembroke is doing this (more info here).

  • Read about the extended, independent projects (much with tech involved) Mark Barnes has done in his classroom here.

  • Adapt an existing project for use remotely. PBLworks has many project examples from which to choose here and here (you'll need to set up a free account for this one).

  • The Passion Project: to download the project document, click here; to read more about it, click here.

  • Looking for a timely and authentic challenge for your students? A group of medical professionals have started the CoVent-19 Challenge, to design a rapidly deployable mechanical ventilator. "...the CoVent-19 Challenge will be a completely virtual open moonshot competition hosted on GrabCAD to develop a rapidly deployable mechanical ventilation solution" (CoVent 19 Challenge). Learn more at https://www.coventchallenge.com/

  • InquirED is posting weekly, week-long inquiries that integrate social studies and literacy.

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