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008 Mapping the Project

It is necessary in the Project-Based Learning process to break down the outcomes and products in the project into a set of tasks. This is important for a multitude of reasons but specifically for:

Solid assessment planning, and

Allocating the correct amount of time for each task.


Action Steps

  1. Complete an Assessment on Map the Project
  2. Complete Principle 4: Map the Project
  3. Complete tasks in the PBL Planning Template
  4. Post about the Module Reflection


Complete an Assessment on Map the Project

Continuing to use the KWL strategy, take this assessment for Principle 4. Each assessment page has a self checker for you to do prior to moving on to the next assessment part. Take notes on questions you develop as a result of the assessment results. This will be important for later, when you explore the module.

=>Assessment for Principle 4<=


Complete Principle 4: Map the Project

Part I: Article reading

Here's a short article that gives a picture for understanding the importance of mapping your project. Highlight or take notes of 2-3 ideas that have meaning for you. Article access


Part II: Explore Map the Project

Overview: What does a whole project look like?


To view graphic organizers of how the project looks with instructional processes integrated click below.


           Project Instruction.ppt


  • Analyzing instructional needs, selecting activities, estimating time, and preparing resources are key tasks in project planning. Learn how to plan for project success.


Explore: Look at the different parts of a project in depth 

  • Learn how to structure a project from beginning to end.


Practice: Practice putting what you know about the elements of a project together

  • Take what you have learned from your exploration and apply it here.


Retake the test on Principle 4

  • Reassess your understanding


=>Start Principle 4: Map the Project<=


Complete tasks in the PBL Planning Template

Working with the PBL Planning Template, complete:

  • The entire section for "Project Teaching and Learning Guide

    As you complete this section, keep in mind to include under "Scaffolding / Materials / Lessons to be Provided" the active teaching and learning support needed to help students grow and develop their understanding. What will be needed to teach so that students can achieve the standards, and complete the project?


  • The Calendar

    In this first draft, sketch out the lessons students will need to eventually work independantly, as well as the activities they will work on alone or in groups. Here is an example of a calendar.


Module Reflection

Answer one of the following questions in Reflection 008


  • When planning this part of the project, what was the most challenging consideration?
  • What makes the Grabber important to starting off the project? What is your grabber?

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