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Can a math teacher employ project-based learning? Learn how one great math teacher uses PBL to design math projects that provide learners with a more challenging and holistic learning experience. A wonderful article, that includes three math lessons which use PBL.
Blending Costa & Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, personality type, and project-based learning in your classroom.
What is Project-Based learning? Find out with a great informaitonal article that includeds multiple web and lesson links. Positive aspects of investigative and project based learning are some highlights you'll read about. 
What's so great about Project-Based learning? Read to learn how projects can help kids apply higher-order thinking skills, conduct thoughtful investigations, and make cross curricular connections. This short article includes five wonderful projects for you to try with your class.
Community service is the basis for a project based learning experience. Your class participates in four weekly activities that require them to research community issues and contribute their time and talent to assist those in need. This is what I call community, collaboration, and great learning.
Students explore the 5 senses. In this technology skills lesson, students participate in digital storytelling workstations that feature each of the 5 senses. Students create digital cameras and digital voice recorders to explore their senses.
Eighth graders examine the role West Virginia played during the Civil War. In this research lesson, 8th graders construct and pose original questions to spark a student driven inquiry. Students will form small groups and use historical artifacts to assist them in forming research questions. This lesson incorporates a museum visit as well as the Project-Based Learning Process.
How to avoid the most common teacher mistakes in project-based learning.
Incorporating research and project-based learning while celebrating Native American Heritage Month.
Students explore the concepts of mean, median, and mode. In this mean, median, and mode lesson plan, students measure the heights of their classmates. Students find the mean, median, and mode of their class's heights.
Students get involved in a Project-Based Learning instructional design model as they enter a problem-solving learning journey. They get to personalize their learning experience from the beginning by making choices. Students set up and maintain their schools web site.
Students explore the history of the environmental justice movement. They examine how discrimination promotes environmental illness in low income communities. Students explain why minority and low income groups have less economic and political impact on policy.
Fifth graders inquire and research using secondary and primary resources.  In this leadership traits unit, 5th graders investigate information about Harry S. Truman and present on his early life and leadership abilities. Possible lesson ideas are suggested but not included.
Students explore conflict. In this contemporary history instructional activity, students participate in 4 weekly activities that require them to research current conflicts and create time-travel cartoons that illustrate how the conflcits could have been avoided.
How does PBL differ from a basic thematic unit? Discover the answer to this important question. A bulleted comparison is made between each type of teaching method, example projects are included, and a full "how to" is laid out in an easy to follow format. Four great hand chosen lessons are included.
Student use educational applications implied in producing a video project. They will explore ideas for projects to shoot a video. There is a procedure to shoot a video which is the pre-production stage, production stage, and post -production stage.
Cheetahs live in the savanna. Kids can show what they know about the savanna by making habitat dioramas. Here is a fun and engaging research activity that allows children to research animals, create new and unusual animals of their own, and build a tiny habitat. They'll use all their findings to construct a diorama fit for a miniature animal. The project is written from a parent's point of view and includes step-by-step instructions for completing the project. 
Creativity is piqued as learners visit an animal diorama hall at a local museum. They each choose a diorama as their point of focus and then use a storyboard worksheet to think critically about what they see. They make predictions about their animal, take down observation notes, and draw conclusions. Lesson extensions suggest that the storyboard be used to conduct animal and habitat research, or as a blueprint to construct a diorama for the classroom. 
Set the stage for a unit or lesson on the African savanna by creating a cute habitat diorama. Cheetahs, lions, zebras, and elephants are all present in a shoe-box-sized craft that requires your learners to color, cut, and paste. These instructions are easy to follow and provide printable animal images that your class can color. All you need is a shoe box and a big imagination.
Students explore Native American culture. In this prehistoric American history lesson, students engage in a variety of activities that culminate in a museum trip. This lesson is well planned and could be adapted to fit local prehistoric cultures.

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