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Your students will be engaged in an exciting journey to become an expert on a topic they are passionate about. Genius Hour is intended to engage even your most difficult students because it allows them a choice in their learning. Genius Hour is designed to engage all to become passionate learners. Students will type directly on the documents themselves.

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Included in this 25+ Page Genius Hour Resource:

- Genius Hour Teacher Tips (4-pages)

- Parent Letter (1-page; editable Word document)

- Genius Hour Introductory Slideshow (9-slides; PDF)

- My Passions file (1-page; digital)

- Guiding Question file (1-page; digital)

- Planning Stage file (1-page; digital)

- My Research file (1-page; digital)

- Note-Taking files(5-pages; digital)

- My Reflections file (1-page; digital)

- Bib Tips handout (1-page; 4-per page; PDF)

- Presentation Toolkit handout (1-page; 4 per page; PDF)

- Genius Hour Grading Rubric file (1-page; digital)

- Genius Hour Certificates (1-page; 2-per page; PDF)

Also included is a PDF of the digital files if you choose to use paper.

Why use this digital resource:

- This resource is almost all paperless, but it could also be printed.

- Your students will work directly on the digital documents.

- It’s a way to integrate technology into instruction.

- Students are highly engaged in their work.

- This resource is aligned to the ISTE and Common Core State Standards.

- This resource is easily accessible using Google Drive™.

Downloading Genius Hour:

1. If you haven’t created a free Google™ account, you will need to do that before downloading the digital Genius Hour resource. Each student will also need their own account if they will be working on their own.

2. Download the Genius Hour Resource. When you click on the link, you will come to a screen that says “Copy document”. In order to transfer this file to your own Google Drive™ account, click the blue button that says “Make a copy”. Note: If you have several Google Drive™ accounts with multiple email addresses, make sure you take note which email address is selected in the top right corner of the screen, so you can easily find the file in the future.

Genius Hour Teacher Tips & Steps:

Teacher Tips:

Read thru all of the Teacher Tips and preview the resources provided so you have an idea of what your students will be doing.

Introductory Slideshow:

Get your students fired up about what they are about to do by showing them the Introductory Slideshow that is included. It’s important that your students understand that they will have a choice in their own learning.

Parent Letter (Optional):

After showing the Introductory Slideshow, you may want to hand out the Parent Letter to your students. If you choose to use the editable letter, be sure to read through it with your students and discuss.

Genius Hour Google Slides™:

Once your students have access to the files, it will be important that you go over each file.

As students work through Genius Hour, they will type on the following templates:

My Passions File:

This file will have your students brainstorm their interests (passions) and then narrow their passions down to one. To help your students with this, maybe go around the room and have each student share one interest that they have.

Guiding Question File:

The guiding question is the driving force of your students’ research. Examples are provided to help your struggling learners. The guiding question needs to begin with “How might I”. It is very important that you look over each student’s guiding question to be sure it can be researched and is not too broad.

Planning Stage File:

Your students will use this file to help plan their research. They will figure out the steps they need to take and the materials they will need.

My Research File:

This file shares information about note-taking and bibliographies. There is nothing that students need to write on this.

Note-Taking Files:

Included in this resource are five note-taking files. This is because students may need several different sessions to work on their Genius Hour. For the note-taking file, students are asked to record their notes from their research, keep track of their bibliographies, and then plan for the next work session. To help out with the bibliography, included is a printable PDF “Bib Tips” handout. This handout includes information on how to record three types of bibliographies (books, websites, & magazines/newspapers). There are also websites available such as EasyBib to help students record their sources. The way your students record their sources is up to you. These are only suggested ways.

My Reflection File:

This is where students will reflect on their Genius Hour project.

Grading Rubric File:

Feel free to use the digital version provided by typing in the points for each category. You can also just print the document off as a hard copy.

Presentation Toolkit:

Once the research process is nearing completion you will want to talk about the presentation process. For this, you may find the “Presentation Toolkit” PDF handout helpful for your students.

Also include is a Genius Hour Certificate (PDF)

Common Core State Standards:

Writing (Research to Build and Present Knowledge)

W.3.4, 4.7, 5.7, 6.7, 7.7

In general, students need to present what they learned using appropriate facts and descriptive details to support their Guiding Question.

Speaking and Listening (Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas)

SL.3.4, 4.4, 5.4, 6.4, 7.4

In general, students need to conduct some research on a topic using several resources in order to build knowledge of their topic that they are passionate about.

ISTE Standards for Students:

Empowered Learner

1a- Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

Digital Citizen

2c- Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

Knowledge Constructor

3a- Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

3d- Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Computational Thinker

5c- Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.


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