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Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning by Education Librarian

Listed below are selected resources for teachers related to Project-Based Learning.

DIY project based learning for ELA and history, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Grades: K-12. This book will help teachers who want to incorporate project-based learning into their English Language Arts and History classrooms to create units, ground lessons in real-world problems, incorporate role-playing into everyday learning, and assess multiple skills and subject areas in an integrated way. (E-book only)

Project based teaching: How to create rigorous and engaging learning experiences, by Suzie Boss and John Larmer

Grades: K-12. The authors explore practices integral to project based teaching, including building the culture, designing and planning, managing activities, assessing and scaffolding student learning, and engaging and coaching students.

Setting the standard for project based learning, by John Larmer, John Mergendoller, and Suzie Boss

Grades: K-12. The authors take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess project-based learning using a classroom-tested framework. Also included are chapters for school leaders on implementing project-based learning systemwide, and the use of this approach in informal settings.

Developing natural curiosity through project-based learning: Five strategies for the preK-3 classroom, by Dayna Laur and Jill Ackers.

Grades: K-3. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for PreK–3 teachers interested in embedding project-based learning in their daily classroom routine, showing five steps teachers can use to create authentic challenges for their learners. (E-book only)

Picturing the project approach: Creative explorations in early learning, by Sylvia C. Chard, Yvonne Kogan, and Carmen A. Castillo

Grades: K-6. This book will help teachers in toddler, preschool or elementary classrooms incorporate project-based learning by identifying a topic, deciding on and developing a project, sharing the learning, and closing the project.

Hacking project based learning: 10 easy steps to PBL and inquiry in the classroom, by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy

Grades: K-12. The authors provide 10 techniques for teachers to use to bring project-based learning into their classrooms, including creating umbrella questions to drive the project, building progress assessment tools, teaching and embracing reflection, and more.

Young investigators: The project approach in the early years, by Judy Harris Helm and Lilian G. Katz

Grades: K-2. The third edition of this book gives teachers guidance on conducting meaningful project-based investigation with young children, and identifies activities and experiences that will help children grasp key concepts and skills.

Reinventing project-based learning: Your field guide to real-world projects in the digital age, by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss

Grades: K-12. The authors explore strategies for overcoming the limitations of the traditional classroom, including technology tools for inquiry, collaboration and global connection.

Genius hour: Passion projects that ignite innovation and student inquiry, by Andi McNair

Grades: K-12. This book provides educators with the tools to implement genius hour, or passion projects, in the classroom, using the six P’s–passion, pitch, plan, project, product, and presentation–as a map for students to follow as they create, design, and carry out projects.

Note: when you search for materials in this area, you may also want to search for “project method in teaching”, which is an older but still frequently used term.

Finding More Resources

To find more resources in this area, try the following:

  • Search using the General tab on the UBC Library website to look for material in all UBC Library branches.
  • Search using “Search Education Resources” box in the left hand bar on the Education Library website to limit your results to physical materials in the Education Library.
  • Use specific search terms, such as “project method in teaching” or “project-based learning”.
  • To find lesson plans, include “lesson plans”, “lesson planning”, or “activity programs” in your search terms.

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