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Project-Based Learning Ideas


Like a list of pizza toppings or color combinations, the list of potential project-based learning ideas is seemingly endless. The topics themselves are too numerous to count and the list becomes even more infinite when thinking of all the different products a project can result in. 


Take “volcanoes,” for instance. Simply picking the topic is only the first step. Will it be a working model? A video on how to make a working model? A website on the world’s still-active volcanoes? A board game that teaches players about different types of volcanic ash? Perhaps an interactive presentation that explains how volcanoes work? You see where we’re going.


Choosing a topic can often be a stumbling block for students. Since the objective of project-based learning is to relate learning to everyday life it is most effective to use everyday life as a building block for project-based learning topic ideas. Some sources that may stimulate a student's creative mind are hobbies, articles, current events, wonderment, books, movies, etc. Sometimes it helps if a student asks why something happens or how something happens. Ideas should come from an intrinsic motivator; a source that motivates students to ask high-level and open-ended questions will engage them in a deeper learning process.


Choosing an end product can be equally challenging due to the sheer number of possibilities. To encourage high-level products, it is beneficial to know your students' interests and learning styles.  We thought it would be helpful to some to jump start the creative process by listing a few project-based learning ideas and products that we’ve seen put into action. The following product grid categorizes different products under separate headings according to research from Howard Gardner’s multiple-intelligences theory. Happy brainstorming!

 

Linguistic Logic/Math Spatial Body/Kinesthetic Musical Interpersonal Intrapersonal Naturalist
Advertisement
Annotated/Biblio.
Bulletin Board
Code
Comic Strip
Debate
Demonstration
Diary
Editorial Essay
Fairy Tale
Family Tree
Fiction Story
Interview
Jingle
Joke Book
Journal
Lesson
Letter
Letter to the Editor
Newspaper Story
Non-Fiction
Oral Defense
Oral Report
Pamphlet
Petition
Play
Poem
Press Conference
Radio Program
Riddle
Science Fiction Story
Skit
Slogan
Soliloquy
Story Telling
TV Program
Write a new law
Advertisement
Annotated Biblio.
Chart
Code
Collage
Collection
Computer Program
Crossword Puzzle
Data Base
Debate
Demonstration
Detailed Illustration
Edibles
Experiment
Fact Tile
Family Tree
Game
Graph
Hidden Picture
Labeled Diagram
Large Scale Drawing
Lesson
Lesson
Map with Legend
Mazes
Mobile
Model
Petition
Play
Prototype
Puzzle
Recipe
Riddle
Survey
Time-line
Transparencies
Venn Diagram
Working Hypothesis
Write a new law
Animated Movie
Art Gallery
Bulletin Board
Bumper Sticker
Cartoon
Chart
Clay Sculpture
Collage
Costumes
Demonstration
Diorama
Display
Etching
Film
Filmstrip
Flipbook
Game
Graph
Hidden Picture
Illustrated Story
Maze
Mobile
Model
Mosaic
Mural
Painting
Paper mache
Photo Essay
Picture Story for Children
Pictures
Play
Political Cartoon
Pop-up book
Prototype
Rebus Story
Slide Show
Slide Show
Story Cube
Transparencies
Travel Brochure
TV Program
Web Home Page
Calligraphy
Charades
Collage
Costumes
Dance
Demonstration
Diorama
Etching
Experiment
Film
Flip Book
Food
Hidden Picture
Mosaic
Mural
Musical
Musical Instruments
Needlework
Painting
Pantomime
Paper Mache
Plaster of Paris Model
Play
Poem
Press Conference
Puppet
Puppet Show
Radio Program
Role Play
Transparencies
TV Program
Audio-Video Tape
Choral Reading
Fairy Tale
Film
Instrumental
Juke Box
Musical
Poem
Rap Song
Riddle
Role playing
Song
Sound
Advertisement
Animated Movie
Bulletin Board
Chart
Choral Reading
Comic Strip
Debate
Demonstration
Editorial Essay
Fairy Tale
Film Game
Interview
Journal
Lesson
Mazes
Museum Exhibit
Pamphlet
Petition
Play
Press Conference
Role Playing
TV Program
Write a new law
Bulletin Board
Chart
Collection
Comic Strip
Diary
Editorial Essay
Fairytale
Family Tree
Journal
Learning Center
Poem
Riddle Maze Collage
Time-line
Artifact Collecting
Diorama
Field Study
Field Trip
Fossil Collecting
Insect Collecting
Leaf Collecting
Original Song
Photo Essay
Rock Collection
Scientific Drawing
Spelunking Trip
Timeline

 

Source: Dr. T. Roger Taylor, 2002

 

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