This resource includes EVERYTHING you need to get started with Genius Hour or Passion Projects!
What are Exploration Projects?
Exploration projects allow students to explore topics of interest to them. Students follow a guided process that will help them choose, inquire, and learn about a topic. They share their new learning and teach others through a final product. Exploration projects provide an opportunity to leave the boundaries of your grade level curriculum topics and create an enriching, engaging experience for all students.
How are Exploration Projects like Passion Projects or Genius Hour?
Genius hour or Passion Projects have students follow their own passions and interests. These projects provide students a choice about what they learn during a period of time during school. The teacher provides a set amount of time, usually 20% of school time over the course of a week, for the students to work on their projects.
Exploration projects ALSO provide students a choice in what they learn. However, exploration projects begin by challenging students to explore a topic or aspects of the topic that is NEW to them, something that may be outside of their existing knowledge. Over the course of two to three sessions, students quickly peruse through a variety topics from many different disciplines, jotting down those that peak their interest and that they may want to explore further. After that, the students narrow those topics down to three, and then one topic. Students are guided through creating big questions to explore, researching those questions, citing resources, and presenting their learning through a presentation or project.
Once you print the Exploration Project materials, your prep work is mostly done and the teacher’s guide walks you step-by-step through each step of the process. However, the steps are open-ended and adaptable so you can be responsive to your students’ needs and adjust things easily as you go.
With your purchase, you'll receive 2 PDFs and a PowerPoint in a .zip file:
* Complete teacher's guide with step-by-step instructions for each lesson
* A student Exploration Project Log with step-by-step directions to help guide students through the process, note pages, citation templates, and student reflection sheets.
* A PowerPoint presentation which introduces the project through a space exploration theme and guides you and your students through each step of the Exploration Project process
The Exploration Projects process is designed to inspire students to take charge of their own learning and empower them to become lifelong learners.