Project-Based Learning Activities: Types & Examples

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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Project-based learning is a great way to engage students in authentic application of knowledge and skills. This lesson gives you some ideas for different kinds of project-based learning activities you can incorporate into the classroom.

Why Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning is a teaching approach that engages students in hands-on activities and experiences that help them generate and apply new concepts and skills. Students of all ages can work on in-depth projects over time, growing excited about their learning while gaining an important understanding of how the things they learn in school are relevant to their lives.

Project-based learning is effective, stimulating, and often just as much fun for teachers as for students. In this lesson, Principal Johnson will introduce you to some types of project-based learning activities teachers use in his school.

Social Justice and Community Service Projects

Principal Johnson encourages teachers to engage students in social justice and community service projects that are age appropriate to their classes. Third grade teachers enhance their social studies curriculum about Native Americans by having their students research current issues impacting Native Americans on reservations. The students engage in letter-writing campaigns and make posters educating others in their community about helping impoverished reservations.

Fifth grade teachers at Principal Johnson's school enrich their science curriculum on ecosystems by researching issues that impact their local ecosystem, like pollution and industrial waste. These students design projects such as trash clean-ups and organizing carpools to limit the use of automobiles.

Social justice and community service projects can integrate literacy, social studies, science, math, and interpersonal skills while empowering students to make a difference in the world.

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