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May 11, 2022

AFT’s Project-Based Learning Kits for K-12 Student Capstones


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A cadre of K-12 AFT members from across the nation has jointly designed standards-based, integrated content, featuring capstone project ideas that are grade-level and developmentally appropriate. These project-based learning (PBL) lessons and activities will enable students to demonstrate learning in a variety of ways that will adapt to in-person, hybrid or remote learning.

Explore ways for your students to show off what they know, and check out the grade-band themes; also, keep in mind that you can share completed projects on the free Zigazoo app or share personal interviews and narratives using StoryCorps Connect. These project-based learning kits are great for distance learning and for year-end capstone projects for in-person teaching.

These lessons, originally created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provide flexible activities for home and school. Teachers can incorporate multiple subject areas and send home a variety of activities for parents to use at home. This is a way to reinforce skills and concepts learned in the classroom. Read more about these innovative project-based learning ideas and projects:

Grades K-2: All About Me

k-2 pbl kitThe "All About Me" project can be customized to focus on mathematics, science, reading and art.

Explore the "All About Me" PBL Kit

Grades 3-5: We Are All Connected

3-5 pbl kitWe Are All Connected is designed to meet academic standards for science, social studies, ELA and math.

Explore the "We Are All Connected" PBL Kit

Grades 6-8: The Power of Story in a Changing World

6-8 pbl kitThis project can be customized to focus on  mathematics, science, social studies or music.

Explore "The Power of Story" PBL Kit

Grades 9-12: Overcoming Challenges Through the Lens of Social Justice

9-12 pbl kitStudents select a struggle of their own choosing and carry out a project that can be adapted to meet academic standards for ELA, social studies, or science and math. 

Explore the "Overcoming Challenges Through the Lens of Social Justice" PBL Kit

Hear more from the teachers who created the project-based learning capstone kits:

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About the Author

Lisa Dickinson is the director of professional development and member engagement within AFT’s Educational Issues department.

Lisa Dickinson

Elisabeth (Lisa) DickinsonManager, Professional Learning & Member EngagementEducational Issues Department AFTLisa Dickinson oversees the professional learning work at the American Federation of Teachers.

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