Have your students ever wondered what it would be like to design their own school? School design isn't easy, but imagine the possibilities when kids are given the opportunity. With the PBL activity, Design A School, students will truly get to create their own educational experience.
Design A School
integrates elements of research, planning, math, and ELA skills as students plan, build and design a brand new school. By the end of this PBL students will worked through the process of creating a school filled with classrooms, a library, gym(s), tech labs, or ANYTHING else they think their school needs.
Students may need to have access to a variety of resources to complete this PBL. This could include maps, internet access, and laptops/computers/devices.
There are 17 activities (most are 1 page each) for students to complete. Each page involves an issue or topic they must solve, design, create, or research.
As students work through each page, they will make their own decisions and choose the outcomes based on information they learn. By the end, all students will have completed the project, but each version will be based on the creator’s imagination, creativity, and knowledge base.
7 Title Page -
Introduction Students learn they will be designing a new school.
8 Planning It Out
Students answer questions pertaining to their current school, what they like, and things they might change.
10 What is a School
Students brainstorm everything they know about schools and can collaborate with others to complete this.
11 Make It Official
Students create a school name, mascot, motto, and choose colors.
12 School Vocabulary
Students sketch illustrations of vocabulary words that can/could be part of this project. There are three pages.
15 Taking Stock
Students identify 3 parts of their current school that they like, draw them, and explain why they like it.
16 Grand Entrance
Students create a sketch of what visitors would see when they walk into the new school.
17 Budget And Supplies
Students must budget out items they would like to include. This is four pages long with an emphasis on math skills, along with the reasoning behind their choices.
21 Eco Friendly
Students choose between two to four ways they are looking to make their school eco-friendly.
24 Planning the Rooms
Students plan out the rooms and locations they will need in the new school.
27 Room Illustrations
Students design what rooms/areas will look like in the new building.
29 School Blueprints
Students create a map key and blue prints of the new school. There are multiple pages to choose from in this section.
31 Blueprints Close-Up
Students create close-ups of the specific areas within the school. They can pick and choose which ones they’d like to make.
32 Finding Cost
Students must find out the cost of their school from different building companies. This is a combination of area/perimeter and multiplication/addition work.
33 Outside the Box
Students are tasked with designing and incorporating three unique items not typically found in schools.
37 Social Media
Students share photos of how the building and construction progress of the school is going.
37 Problem Solver
Students answer open-ended questions about the school, the design, and how it aims to help students.
-All pages can be geared towards multiple grade levels, although for some younger students the teacher may need to give more explicit instructions.
-Students may choose to use multiple resources to complete each page. They might even choose to work with a partner, but you get final say on that.
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