Jackpot! I found a great resource that supplies hundreds of lesson plans that connect to different curriculums! I looked through a few of them and the lesson plans dealing with Language Arts and those were really concise and did follow along with the state curriculum what Maryland uses.
How many of you have simply memorized information for an exam or quiz and forgotten the information in a weeks time afterwards? This is why application is so key to classroom teaching because it allows for students to be able to use the information in the future because they have actual understanding rather than temporary understanding!!
When creating lesson plans, it is key to incorporate different skills in which students will be able to use outside of the classroom as well as throughout the lesson. This website that I found discusses all of the different definitions, tips, and frameworks for incorporating 21st century skills into your projects and lessons. Take a look at this website, it is a fantastic resource!!
I found this website that explains how to teach global awareness through different arts and crafts. I remember completing different assignments in art to represent different cultures holidays and how they celebrated their seasons. Not only are teachers applying project-based learning, but also spreading awareness of different backgrounds as well.
I was able to locate another source from EDUtopia in regards to Project-Based Learning. This page provides different workshop activities for educators to help them better understand how to teach PBL and provides many different case study videos. Lastly, there are professional papers written by different educators sharing their experiences with the teaching style and what benefits there were. The amount of information provided is a little overwhelming, but if viewed piece by piece, it will surely help you in the classroom.
Great page that explains seven different essentials for teaching Project-Based Learning!
1. A Need to Know
2. A Driving Question
3. Student Voice and Choice
4. 21st Century Skills
5. Inquiry and Innovation
6. Feedback and Revision
7. A Publicly Presented Product