What do you get when you mix critical thinking, hands-on experiences and creative expression? A project! Project-based assignments are a great way to really solidify student understanding on a important topics—and they’re fun, too! Here are ten teacher-recommended projects that we love for you to borrow, adapt and use in your classroom.
Fundamentals of Business Operations:
Have your students create their own 13-step business plan to product, market and sell a product of their choosing. Talk about real world experience!
Tower, Tower, Don’t Fall Down:
Teach physics, architecture, and design while your students use sandwich picks and glue to create towers that can withstand various pressure points.
Food Webs & Food Chains:
Go graphic while you teach about food webs and food chains by having your kids make a graphic depiction of their chosen ecosystem.
Student Designed Gardens:
Take a step up from your standard schoolyard garden and make it a year-long project for teams of students to design, plant, grow, fertilize and harvest their own gardens.
Have your students design their own digital representations of themselves using free design software and then utilize the avatars in your high-tech lessons throughout the year.
Weather or Not?:
Weather chart? Nah! Go above and beyond by making rain gauges in your school yard and using them to predict rainfall, discuss drought and much more.
The Art of Chemistry:
Have your student create unique works of art using their knowledge of chemistry along with white tiles, paint and metal oxides. Cross-curricular, beautiful and fun—all wrapped up in one easy project.
Hold a regular Olympic games that tests your kids skills in physics, biology, chemistry and more.
Collect rock samples from your environment and then pit each rock against the others, comparing color, strength, size and more.
Who Did It?:
Create a crime scene and then have your student analyze the facts—including fingerprints, clues, evidence and even DNA—to figure out who did it.
What project-based assignments do you use in your classroom?