A Collection of Featured Projects

Percentages Can Save or Make you Money

by Ken Bakken

How do you calculate percentages and discounts? In this project students will learn how to take a percent of a number, and apply that knowledge to real world problems they will encounter.

Mildred Taylor Study
by Karen Richey
Students engaged in a study of author Mildred Taylor’s books with "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" as the mentor text.  Students focused on comparing themes and characters across books while developing a deeper understanding of the social and historical developments that informed her writing.  Students see how the Civil Rights Movement grew within this context and how the courage of individuals and groups helped to gain the freedoms everyone now enjoys.
Researching Famous Artists
by Christina Hoff
Students are to research and learn about a famous artist.  They will write a biographical report, duplicate a piece of artwork their artist created and give an oral presentation to the class.  Students will gain an understanding of how art reflects societies cultural, political, and everyday life from different time periods.
Wrinkle in Time
by Kelly Duncan
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. (c) Amazon.com
Migration Mysteries: Shorebirds
by Andrea Pokrzywinski
In this project you will learn more about shorebirds and how these world travelers can teach us more about working together to make sure there are healthy ecosystems around the world. These shorebirds depend on the people in many countries for their health. Find out more about how scientists around the world are working to learn more about shorebirds.
Dragonwings Research
by Molly Griffin
Dragonwings is a historical novel written by Lawrence Yip. Set in San Francisco in the early 1900’s, it is about a Chinese boy who comes to America to live with his father who works in a laundry. The book tells of the discrimination of the Chinese and what they had to endure.  The highpoint of the story is the 1906 earthquake and the events that took place during that chaotic time. In this project students research the events in the book and produce a newspaper of their own using these events.
Looking at Voice in News Media
by Trena Noval
This workshop walks us through a process for looking at voice in news media. We will look at fact driven news articles, opinion pieces and personal commentary through both written, video and visual (image) media. This process allows students to gain an understanding of different perspectives and writing genres when looking at expository text.

Learning with Minecraft EDU

by Jeremy Biddle

Throughout the year, this sixth grade Core Humanities program immerses students in the digital world of Minecraft EDU, an independently developed video game specifically geared towards the classroom. Explore this website to learn more about how students at Del Mar Intermediate School are re-imagining the Ancient world.


Accelerated Reader in Two Minutes

by Kristopher Fisher

An educator’s time is extremely limited.  Accelerated Reader in Two Minutes© understands this and aims to educate the basics of Accelerated Reader in easy to follow two minute tutorials.


Thinking in 3D

by Patrick Sullivan

So much of the media around us deals with animation and games. The purpose of this project is to help students become experts at designing their own 3D world limited by their imaginations.



Poetry - A Tool for Expression in Many Forms

by Durand Brown & Barbara Bray

This project rovides a practical way for students to acquire information, debate issues, participate in meaningful discussions, engage in role play simulations, solve problems, and, perhaps most importantly, become connected and involved learners.


Digital Tour of Bay Farm School using QR Code technology!

by Roxanne Clement

Bay Farm K-8 School has many visitors who sign up to tour the campus. Sixth graders created this project using QR codes around the school. If you use a QR code reader (free app for your smart phone or tablet) you can learn more about their many programs, activities, and learning services.


Space: Is There Life Beyond Earth?

by Vincent Trapano, Heather Garvin, Mrs. Stacey Pellerin-VanderLoop,   Heather Rudolph, George Fatolitis, Celeste Roche, Cynthia Melendez, Steven Reynolds, Patrick Macaraeg  


3rd and 8th grade students learn under which circumstances human beings would need to leave Earth. In order to find a new planet on which to live, they then study what sustains human life as we know it today; oxygen, water, sunlight, nutrients, and shelter.



Global Project Based Learning Resource List

by Linda Ullah

The Resource list is an ongoing compilation written for teachers who are planning a multi-cultural curriculum and for teachers who are planning multi-classroom or projects with classrooms in other schools, states, and countries. The list will be updated from time to time so bookmark it for handy reference!

WHAM! Watch Heroes At Middle-School: Where Heroes are Made!

by Jeff Brain

Students create Super Heroes to learn and teach each other digital ditizenship. 


Recorder Karate

by Penni Aufderheide

Features an innovative method that focuses on teaching students how to play the recorder with an eye on success for everyone.

The Writing Process Demystified

by Winnie Wong and Barbara Bray

Helps students navigate the process of becoming better writers, learning the power of words and giving voice to issues important to their community.


The Sui, Tang and Song Dynasties

by Winnie Wong and Barbara Bray

explores the progress science, literature and religion made during the "Golden Age" in China, 589-1200, and asks students to think about how these influences are present in today’s world.

Budgeting Around the World

by Melissa Taylor-Salvador

Students use technology to conduct research and investigate how to survive in a foreign country. They must work within a budget to survive and maximize their resources, present their findings and share their presentations online.

Master The Wheel

by Dallas Mickner

This project is for students who wish to become proficient using the potters wheel. Here you will find academic vocabulary, material resources, procedures guides, and methods of assessment for work.

National History Day

By Roxanne Clement

Students research a topic in history and relate it to the annual theme. There is a wide range of topics t choose from and many different methods for publishing their research.

Let's Blog About it!

By Tisa Fischer- Bobrowsky   
Barbara Bray

Introduces 6-8 grade students to using a blog. They learn how to set up a blog, post text and other forms of media to the blog and reflect on their learning.


New Year Resolutions

by Roxanne Clement

Check out how students in one K-8 school learn about New Year's resolutions: how to take care of themselves, their families and do something to make the world a better place in the coming New Year.


ROCKin' Time!

Roxana Flores   
Barbara Bray

See how one 6th grade teacher motivates her students to learn about the rock cycle with songs, an interactive game, and culminating in the creation of a Powtoon that maps their journey.

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Social Media Use and Middle School Students

by Matt Clough

Based on the Common Core State Standard and the NETS Standards for Technology. Students are asked to analyze information showing the advantages and disadvantages of Social Media in their public and private lives. 


Read Write the Blues: Sing America's Music

By David Zas

You will learn a little about The Blues and how to write and sing your very own blues tune. The Blues dates back way before the Civil War and has its roots in the slaves that were transported to the United States since the 1600's.


Getting to Know Google Slides

by Tisa Fischer- Bobrowsky
Help your students create their own GoogleSlide presentations utilizing the elements of slide design with this project.


Earth Day 2017

by Roxanne Clement

Find engaging ideas and activities to help your students become stewards of the earth they are inheriting.


This to That?

by Chris Vaughns 
Solving Cable Confusion One Plug at a Time! Have you ever wondered how to connect one device to another but weren't quite sure which cable you needed? Well you've come to the right place.

Finacial Independence

by Elizabeth Mandel

Helps middle school students discover what financial independence really means and what it takes to achieve it. Uses basic math skills and applies them to real life applications.