Project Management Lesson Plan for High School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan will support your instruction on project management skills and concepts with hands-on experiences. A video lesson explains key concepts with examples, then students apply to a project to show what they know.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'project management'
  • describe the five stages of project management
  • demonstrate understanding of project management by acting as a project manager for a task


  • 1 hour for the core lesson
  • 3-4 additional class periods
    • 1-2 class period(s) for research and planning
    • 1-2 class period(2) for presentations


Key Vocabulary

  • Projects
  • Project Management (PM)
  • Project initiation
  • Project planning
  • Gnatt chart
  • Execution
  • Monitoring and controlling
  • Program evaluation and review technique (PERT)
  • Closing

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.3

Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.9

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.11-12.2

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to think of a project they have worked on, either in school, church, for a sport's team, for example.
  • Give students five minutes to write about the parts involved in the project, such as planning and data collection.
  • Now divide students into small groups to share their answers, discussing together as a whole class and listing key components on the board. Ask:
    • Are all these steps necessary to successfully complete a project? Why?
    • Have you ever skipped a step on a project? What happened?
  • Tell students they will be learning about project management and preview vocabulary words.

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