5 New Projects in the Catalog You Need to Try in Your Classroom

Did you know Project Pals is always adding new projects to our Project Catalog? These 5 new additions might be the perfect fit for PBL in your classroom.

Did you know at Project Pals we're always adding new projects to our Project Catalog

We've seen some amazing student projects—like these outstanding examples from our partners in India—that were created using pre-made projects right from our Project Catalog.

If you're looking to begin implementing project-based learning (PBL) in your classroom, one of these awesome new additions is a great place to start!

These five projects cover a wide range of topics, from plant care and ant research, to designing a park and taking a stance on the Constitution.

No matter what grade or subject you teach, chances are there's a perfect pre-made project already waiting for you in our Catalog of over 200 projects

Scroll down to see snapshots of the topics, grade levels, and subjects covered in these five new projects, as well as brief descriptions of project activities and supporting screenshots.

Screen Shot 2021-10-29 at 10.45.00 AMWhat's Wrong with My Plant, and How Can I Fix It?

Topics: Parts of a Plant, Plant Care, Creating Plans for Experiments and Evaluating Outcomes
Grade Level(s): 1st through 12th
Subjects: Science, Informational Technology, Writing
 Completed Sample Project and Video Implementation Guide

What Is Wrong with My Plant and How Can I Treat It Back to Health? is an original project created by our founder available now in the Project Catalog.

This project begins with students identifying symptoms of poor plant health of their classroom plant. From there, they must decide what information is essential to solving their problem, like the basics of plant care and how plants function

After analyzing all the parts of a plant using rich vocabulary and different requirements for plant health, students formulate their own routine for nursing the plant back to health.

Using these plans, students must troubleshoot and test their treatments, analyzing results along the way in order to produce a step-by-step recommendation for plant care.

This project is a perfect starting point for teachers that are new to project-based learning (PBL), and is supported by a Completed Sample Project and Video Implementation Guide

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Using symptoms from Step 1, students decide what information they'll need next

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Students describe different parts of plants and their purposes

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Using a table, students troubleshoot the likelihood of common plant problems 


Screen Shot 2021-10-29 at 10.44.32 AMShould Ants Be Protected or Controlled?

Topics: Ant Life Cycle, Anatomy, Social Structures, and Experiments; Protected/Invasive Species, Persuasive Writing
Grade Level: 2nd or Lower Elementary
Subjects: Reading, Writing, Science, Informational Technology
 TPSP Adapted Project

Should Ants Be Protected or Have Their Population Controlled? is an adaptation of the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) Grade 2 Science Project "Hey, Little Ant."

In this project, students explore many aspects of an ants life through watching a short video, listening to the text "Hey, Little Ant" by Phillip Hoose, researching ant life (like their life cycle and social structures), and conducting their own experiments.

The project culminates in the students writing a persuasive letter arguing if their species of ant should be protected or controlled based on their population and whether or not they are a harmful or invasive species. 

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Students answer guiding questions and connect with the text "Hey, Little Ant"

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After selecting an ant species, students fill in details about their lifestyle

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Using guiding questions and components, students analyze ant social life


Screen Shot 2021-10-29 at 10.45.16 AMDesign a Park That Supports Local Plant Life

Topics: Design Every Aspect of a Park (Location, Landscaping, Attractions, etc.); Assess Community and Accessibility Needs
Grade Level(s): 4th through 12th
Subjects: Science, Engineering and Design, Geography, Writing, Information Technology

How to Design a New Park That Supports Local Plant Life is a cross-discipline, community-informed project that challenges students to consider a variety of factors when creating a local park. 

For instance, students make decisions about the ideal location, landscaping, activities and attractions that would meet the needs of park-goers in their community. To do so, they engage in brainstorming sessions and send out multiple surveys to the public

Their park design must be safe and accessible, and even have enough character to boost attendance. Students also identify key players necessary to make their design a reality, like public officials and other community leaders.

The final result is a detailed drawing of their park design that's supported by research.

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Students assess two possible park locations and survey the public for feedback

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Students assess different park activities and structures to include in their design

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At the end, students create a detailed labeled drawing of their park's design


Screen Shot 2021-10-29 at 10.45.32 AMHow to Use and Control Thermal Energy (4 Parts)

Topics: Thermal Energy, Working Systems, Particles, Temperature, Transfer, Insulators, Conductors
Grade Level(s): 6th through 12th
Subjects: Science, Math, Writing, Engineering, Technology
 Adapted from Lucas Education and Stanford University

How Do We Use and Control Thermal Energy in a System? is a 4-part project adapted from Stanford University's Learning Through Performance curriculum funded by Lucas Education Research (creators of Edutopia). 

In this engaging series, students learn about thermal energy through designing devices, completing labs, and conducting experiments, before debriefing and forming claims with supporting evidence. 

In Part 4, students design their own innovative thermal device from four different prompts and even explore the patent application process. Their design must be supported by research, receive feedback through public surveys, and pass multiple tests and revisions.

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In Part 1, students build a flashlight as an example of a working system

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In Part 2, students complete 6 different lab stations that illustrate thermal energy

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In Part 4, students design, test, and revise their very own innovative thermal device


Screen Shot 2021-10-29 at 10.44.48 AMShould We Be Faithful to the Founders Intentions?

Topics: The Constitution, Federalists, Anti-Federalists
Grade Level: 9th through 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, Writing, Debate
 AP US Government and Politics; Adapted from Lucas Education and the University of Washington

To What Extent Should We Be Faithful to the Founder's Intentions? (Part 1) is an AP US Government and Politics project adapted from Lucas Education Research and the University of Washington.

In this project, students examine the intentions of the founders of the Constitution and take on the role of a Federalist or Anti-Federalist state delegate, before engaging in a class-wide debate on which viewpoint is better. 

Through selected sources and videos, students get inside the heads of their assigned delegate to uncover their motivations and thinking behind their stance.

In the final debate, they must work as a team of either Federalists or Anti-Federalists to formulate several strong arguments for their stance backed by evidence and reasoning.

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Each student takes on the role of a Federalist or Anti-Federalist state delegate

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As their assigned delegate, they must develop a rationale behind their stance

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Federalists and Anti-Federalists deliver detailed arguments in a class debate


Give these 5 new projects a try, and keep an eye on the Project Catalog for more additions!


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