fbpx
Classful Classful Shop

Project-based learning ideas are an exciting teaching method that enables students to learn by working through a real-life challenge until a solution is reached.

For teachers, the beauty of project-based learning is that students demonstrate mastery of the skill throughout the journey of the challenge, not just at the end. Check out a project-based learning video below.

But first, if you’re a teacher, sign up for your FREE funding account. Or, help fund your teacher today.

Education resources

View all
Color All The Things: March

Color All The Things: March

$5.00
Math B.E.S.T Florida State Standards Checklist for Algebra 2 Honors (FL)

Math B.E.S.T Florida State Standards Checklist for Algebra 2 Honors (FL)

$4.00
Fall Vocalic OR Articulation Story

Fall Vocalic OR Articulation Story

$1.50
The Layout of the Orchestra

The Layout of the Orchestra

Free
Galaxy Space Theme Spanish Classroom Decor

Galaxy Space Theme Spanish Classroom Decor

$3.00
Minimal Pairs - Long U & OW Vowels - full page - speech therapy articulation

Minimal Pairs - Long U & OW Vowels - full page - speech therapy articulation

$2.00
Getting To Know You Through Geography: A Beginning of The Year Carousel Activity

Getting To Know You Through Geography: A Beginning of The Year Carousel Activity

$5.00
December Kindergarten Worksheets - Cut Glue and Match Alphabet Center!

December Kindergarten Worksheets - Cut Glue and Match Alphabet Center!

$1.00
Social and Academic Vocabulary for Growth Mindset

Social and Academic Vocabulary for Growth Mindset

$12.00

Let’s dive right into our list of 10 project-based learning ideas

But first, if you are interested in giving project-based learning a try this school year, here are the ten best ideas based on inspiration from summer teacher conferences and professional educational development programs, such as ISTE and PBL World.

Project 1. Environmental problems

This is a science project suited for high school students. The idea is to expose a local environmental problem in the students’ area. Students could talk to the community and local officials to find the problems. Students would first research the problem, find the causes, and then work as teams to develop solutions.

The next phase is to have the teams propose their ideas to leaders in the community in a public forum, where the students must defend their proposals based on collected data.

Project 2. Abstract thinking

This is a science and social studies project suited for high school students. This project requires the students to use abstract thinking, be innovative, and employ practical solutions to complex civic issues. Students will be tasked with using engineering principles to design functional purposes for vacant lots in their community.

This project will include making 3-D models of the solution ideas. Students will need to survey the lot, research the history of the vacant lot, interview government officials, and collaborate with fellow students. Final ideas will be presented to government civil engineers.

Project 3. Victims of hypothermia

This is a health and science project suited for middle school students. While this project would be ideal for schools in mountainous regions, it can be implemented in any region of the country. The project’s first phase would be for students to research and understand the causes of hypothermia and its dangers.

The second phase would be to research the issues that first responders have in reaching hypothermia victims. The third phase would be to develop ways for first responders to warm hypothermia victims in the field. Final ideas could be presented to the local EMT professionals in the community.

Project 4. Community service

This is a math project suited for high school students. In this project, students need to identify a community member who needs a ramp to access their home. The project would include interviewing the community members to identify specific challenges they face or even visiting a fire station to learn about emergencies where firemen are needed.

The project would also include measuring the ramp space, understanding the necessary slope, and graphing the final project. The end of the project might include presenting the idea to community services agencies such as Habitat for Humanity.

Project 5. Alternative energy sources

This is a science project suitable for high school students. In this project, students would identify areas of the school that are energy inefficient. They would then interview HVAC professionals in the community to examine ways that energy efficiency can be improved.

They would learn how to conduct an energy audit, identify alternative energy sources that might make sense, and present their ideas to school administrators for possible consideration and implementation.

Project 6. Real-world drawing

This is a practical math and art project-based learning idea suited for late elementary and high school students. The teacher and students would identify an area of the school that needs a makeover. The students would apply math and art schools to graph scale drawings of the space.

They would then work to develop ways that would make the space look better and, at the same time, improve its functionality based on its intended use. The ideas would then be pitched to school administrators for possible implementation.

Project 7. Outdoor play

This physical activity project is suited for students in grades 5-6. The idea is to promote physical activity for preschool students by coming up with creative ways to encourage outdoor play. Students would be tasked with brainstorming ideas and would use math and art skills to design outdoor play areas and parks.

As a final task, students would actively demonstrate their activity ideas with younger kids and their teachers. They would then record how well the kids interacted with each activity to gauge the success of each idea.

Project 8. Hamster driving

This is a science project suited for upper elementary or middle school students. The students would use art, math, and science skills to develop a terrain-accessible vehicle suitable for a hamster to operate with a hamster wheel. The finished vehicles would then be tested outdoors in a safe setting.

Videos could be made so parents and loved ones can watch online.

Project 9. Photography

This is a language arts project suited for early elementary grades and a photography project, so students will need access to cameras. One idea is to use inexpensive disposal cameras where the film is developed off-site. Another is to let kids use their cell phone cameras. In this project, students are to take photographs that tell interesting stories about their community. To prepare for the challenge, students would be instructed to interview professional photographers to learn about photographic composition.

Next, students would identify locations for their photography project that best represent their community. Students could create a Story Map to publish images online or make a kid-friendly community travel brochure for the local visitors’ center.

Project 10. Voicing opinions

This is an English language arts project suited for seventh-grade students. In this project-based learning idea, students will be tasked with voicing their opinions on why they do or do not enjoy reading. Students must exhibit listening and communication skills, emphasizing not interrupting others, listening to opinions that differ from their own, and learning to give thoughtful answers that don’t undermine the original ideas expressed. Students who love reading will be asked to share what makes reading enjoyable.

The project will create methods and environments where students who don’t enjoy reading may learn to love it. The final results could include events such as read-aloud, library visits, or other ideas that the students come up with.

Project-based learning benefits

These are all project-based learning ideas that other students around the country have successfully used to engage their students and motivate learning in a new way. One of the benefits of these project-based learning ideas is that they can easily adapt to any classroom environment, no matter where in the country this school is located.

Learn about how you can obtain funding for your project-based learning ideas.