Finding Resources for Project Based Learning


The Buck Institute has a searchable data base of more than 450 projects for learning.

Project Based Learning “freebies” from Buck Institute can be found at

Project Based Learning Online Planner:

West Virginia Center for Project Based Learning —

Learning Review List of Projects —

Other Resources:

PBL Online – Another PBL site that works as a cooperative effort of BIE, Boise State University, and Edutopia.

4teachers – Home of  age-appropriate, customizable project checklists for written reports, multimedia projects, oral presentations, and science projects.

Intel – While Intel is a large company… this link points to a division that focuses on PBL. Intel is worth a visit for some great ideas and resources.

New Tech Network – New Tech is an outstanding group of high schools that are dedicated to PBL in the curriculum.

High Tech High School – High Tech is another high school network growing across the United States using PBL as a model for reform.

Global Schoolhouse – Whether you’re just starting out, or ready for advanced levels — this tutorial will help you to implement collaborative, project-based learning on the Internet.

Project Foundry – Any school investigating PBL must take a look. It is the last of my Land Of PBL only because it does carry a cost. Project Foundry is an online learning management and student portfolio system that allows innovative educators to scale authentic, integrated, individualized learning. It really works well in a connected online environment. You will find that this fee-based system includes integration with online tools such as Google Apps and Moodle.

Challenges of Assessing Project Based Learning from the District Administrator Magazine – Article

Common Core Resources

General Information

TN Curriculum Center.Org

TN Core.Org is a new site from the TN Dept. of Education launched to provide resources to districts and teachers implementing Common Core Standards.

Tennessee’s State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English/Language Arts in July 2010. This is an initiative led by the states designed to create a common core of state standards that is relevant and reflects the knowledge and skills young people need for success in college and the workforce.

Achieve the Core.Org has tools for teachers, articles on Common Core, and teacher forums.

Educore Common Core Resources from ASCD   You can either log in with your ASCD account or create a free account.  Included are numerous videos, white papers, student resources, etc. all dealing with Common Core.  They have even created a way for teachers to create their own unique set of saved resources.

Going Online to Ease the Common Core Transition is a great article from Education Week about integrating technology with Common Core implementation.

America Achieves Common Core has a collection of videos ties to Common Core standards.

Become a Core Ninja is a great web site for a common sense approach on implementing Common Core Standards.

Collection of Common Core Livebinders has links to resources from different states and school districts compiled into Livebinders.

Next Generation Science Standards at TN Curriculum Center has a preview of new science standards being looked at in 26 Common Core states.

Ohio Common Core Resources includes model curriculum (created by teachers) by grade levels to go with English/Language Arts Common Core Standards.

TN Common Core Updates May 2012    This PowerPoint presentation details Common Core  implementation updates from the TN State Dept. of Ed

Tennessee Early Grades Common Core Standards  The Tennessee Department of Education worked with Early Grades Reading and Math teachers and coordinators to develop a process to assist teachers with understanding the new Common Core State Standards in the Summer of 2011.Read More

Please visit Tennessee Electronic Learning Center’s Educator Resourcesfor the full content of the Common Core Standards Training conducted by the Tennessee Department of Education in Summer 2011. (Note: The link above will take you directly to iTunes where you can download the free Standards Training information. Please look for the image on the right to access this file.)

Oakland Schools Michigan Scope and Sequence Guides have full lesson plans, gives supplemental materials, and has mentor text selections (read alouds)

Scholastic Common Core Resources

Georgia Common Core Resources has streaming video professional development sessions on Common Core Standards.

Engage NY Common Core Standards Resources

Check out the Common Core Toolkit, a collection of the resources you need to guide your implementation of the Common Core – all in one place.  Get familiar with the Common Core with our “Get Started” guides for Teachers,PrincipalsNetwork Teams, andAdministrators.

Technology Integration for Common Core Livebinder by Woodstock Technology Integration Team is a great place to integrate Common Core Standards with technology standards.

Livebinder – Common Core by Toby Price

12 Common Core Considerations Livebinder by Mike Fisher

Core Standards.Org

Guide to the \”Best\” Web Articles on Common Core Standards from Larry Ferlazzo

Making the Connection: Common Core and NETS  This is a great article from HP correlating NETS to Common Core.

Resources for Understanding Common Core is a comprehensive guide from Edutopia.

Kid Friendly Version of K-5 Common Core Math and ELA Standards has printable PDFs for each grade level (from Teacher’s Hero web site)

Common Core Resources Galore from Cleveland County Schools in North Carolina  – very comprehensive list of math and ELA resources by grade levels

50 Important Links for Common Core

Common Core Pinterest Board


Common Core Math

TN Curriculum Center Common Core Math Pacing Guides

Core Challenge – Resources Supporting Math Practices

Internet 4 Classrooms Math Common Core Resources has math Common Core standards by grade levels with sample activities/tasks tied to standards.

Math Writing Prompts has writing tasks for students categorized by grade level and skill strands.  The site comes from the Port Angeles Washington school district.

Share My Lesson – Math Common Core Lesson Plans (Grades K-8)

Knox County Schools Draft Curriculum & Pacing Guide for K-5 Math

Common Core Math Resources by Grade Level (K-6) includes nine week pacing guides and assessments by grade levels.  Published by Cleveland County Schools

Supplemental Explanations for Mathematical Practices Rubric goes with the rubric above to provide greater explanation for each domain.

RUBRIC – IMPLEMENTING STANDARDS FOR MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE is a rubric to use to assess how well students are meeting the rigor of the mathematical practices.

Livebinder – Common Core Math – Here is another great Livebinder full of math resources to help implement Common Core.

Vicki Dean\’s Class 6th Grade Math Common Core Resources has dozens of topics and lesson plans related to 6th grade Common Core Math standards.

Georgia Common Core Middle School Math Resources

Bullitt County Schools Math Pacing Guides for Common Core

Illustrative Mathematics  Illustrative Mathematics provides guidance to states by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.

Maine West Math Dept. List of Common Core Math Resources – Some of the links are password protected, but most are not.  Great information.

Ohio Common Core Resources for Math also contains model curriculum by grade level.


Common Core ELA

English Language Arts Pilot    Several school districts in TN will pilot the English/Language Arts Common Core roll-out during the 2012-2013 school year.  The PDF form below has information about the first training session and includes links to videos and other resources to help teachers and schools prepare for Common Core.

Taking a Close Look at Close Reading

Planning Text Dependent Questions

Share My Lesson – ELA Common Core Lesson Plans (Grades 6-12)

ELA Common Core Standards Self Study Livebinder provides teachers a self-study module to get acquainted with the complexity of the ELA Common Core standards.

Text Complexity and Common Core is a recorded webinar from the Indianna Dept. of Education explaining the relevance of text complexity as states and districts move to Common Core standards.

National Council Teachers of English Resources

Non-Fiction Readings with Skills Development