Project-Based Learning from TeacherVision

Curious about project-based learning, but unsure about how to fit it into your curriculum, or thought it would be too difficult to teach?

These new PBL units are complete and ready to teach, with no prep, no hassle, and no need to spend time building background knowledge - yours or your students’. Each unit includes everything you need to do meaningful, inquiry-based PBL that will engage students and give them real-world learning opportunities.

We’ve made it very easy to do PBL by developing units for common topic areas and removing all of the hard prep work and need to “fill in the blanks” with your own resources.

We will be adding all-new PBL units for additional topics and grade bands regularly - so check back here often or subscribe to our newsletters to be notified when new units are released!

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered instructional method that focuses on blending deep conceptual knowledge of a topic with an inquiry-based approach to active, hands-on, real-world learning. The central element in project-based learning is a meaningful, pedagogically-rich, in-depth project that challenges students to build both academic subject knowledge and foundational skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. Project-based learning lesson plans and ideas generally provide teachers with an extended framework of inquiry-based learning activities that can be modified or adapted for a variety of learning styles, time periods, and topics, normally including a strong curriculum focus enhanced by an engaging multi-stage hands-on project.

If you are considering implementing project-based learning in your classroom this year, TeacherVision has a new suite of deep, inquiry-based PBL lesson plans for the core subjects (science, math, ELA, and social studies) that are ready to use with no prep and contain all the elements you need to bring a complete, engaging, skill-building project to your curriculum.

Looking for additional topics and units that fit your grade band or curriculum needs? We'll be updating this page regularly with ready-to-teach PBL units.

In the meantime, explore our original SEL-focused projects that enable you to incorporate SEL into your existing curriculum with our exclusive FutureFit framework.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Life in a Medieval Castle Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Life in a Medieval Castle Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a social studies lesson or unit on medieval history. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Game Design Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Game Design Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a social studies lesson or unit on Native Americans. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Native American Agriculture Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Native American Agriculture Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a social studies lesson or unit on Native Americans. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Narrative Writing Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Narrative Writing Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a language arts lesson or unit on narrative writing. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Perimeter and Area Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Perimeter and Area Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a math lesson or unit on perimeter and area, measurement and conversion, and scale. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring The Five Senses Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring the Five Senses Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a science lesson or unit on the 5 senses. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring The California Gold Rush Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring the California Gold Rush Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a social studies lesson or unit on westward expansion and the California Gold Rush. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Simple Machines Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Simple Machines Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Simple Machines and Forces and Motion. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Data Analysis and Graphing Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Data Analysis and Graphing Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Data Analysis and Graphing or Entrepreneurship. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Measurement Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Measurement Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Measurement and Conversion or Entrepreneurship. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Electricity and Energy Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Electricity and Energy Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Electricity and Magnetism. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring States of Matter Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring States of Matter Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Matter and Energy. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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 Lesson Plan - Exploring Light and Luminescence Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Light and Luminescence Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Light and Luminescence. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Symbiotic Relationships Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Symbiotic Relationships Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Symbiotic Relationships. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Animal Adaptations Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Animal Adaptations Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Animal Adaptations. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Animal Habitats Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Animal Habitats Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Animal Habitats and Biomes. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Force and Motion Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Force and Motion Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Force and Motion. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Exploring Colonial America Project-Based Learning Lesson

Exploring Colonial America Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Colonial America. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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Lesson Plan - Astronaut Space Exploration Project-Based Learning Lesson

Astronaut Space Exploration Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Space Exploration and Human Space Flight. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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lesson plan for exploring the solar system project-based learning lesson

Exploring the Solar System Project-Based Learning Unit

OVERVIEW: This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a lesson on Earth and the Solar System. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

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