Passion Projects for Kids & Genius Hour for Elementary

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So well written and easy to use! The breakdown of lessons to introduce passion projects makes this a piece of cake to implement!
This is an awesome resource. The step-by-step details and how organized it is makes it easy for both teacher and students to follow along. I will definitely be using this every year. Thank you!
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Looking for a way to increase student engagement and motivation? Passion Projects are the answer! This step-by-step project based learning guide includes everything you need to introduce Passion Projects for kids in your lessons or during a weekly Genius Hour in your classroom. The best part is that this print and go Passion Projects resource allows your students to participate in an authentic Project Based Learning experience that helps them complete student led research in order to create a personalized project.


Your students will be completely engaged during their project as they learn how to navigate Passion Projects and create something they are truly excited about! This curriculum is great for independent projects for gifted and talented students or for elementary teachers who really want to challenge their students and get them learning in an authentic way. 

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  • 7 detailed lesson plans that help to teach students about Passion Projects and how to complete student led research and project based learning 
  • Checklists
  • Planning pages to use during genius hour
  • 2 PowerPoint presentations
  • Rubrics for the Passion Projects 
  • Reflection pages 
  • Handouts and graphic organizers for each of the Passion Project lessons
  • Support materials for you to make teaching project based learning a breeze! 

This Passion Projects for Kids or Genius Hour resource is broken down into lessons in order to help your students become Passion Project experts. Though there are 7 lessons, they will take more than a week to complete in order to help your students fully grasp the concept of project based learning and student led research and how to take the reins! 


Each lesson will take your students step by step through the process of Passion Projects and how to complete them.

  • Lesson 1: Discover Your Passion
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Passion Projects and Burning Questions
  • Lesson 3: Resources, Products, and Audiences
  • Lesson 4: The Passion Project Proposal
  • Lesson 5: Researching and Taking Notes
  • Lesson 6: Creating Your Product
  • Lesson 7: Rehearsing, Presenting, and Reflecting

Whether you are looking for independent projects for gifted and talented students or are ready to take the plunge into Genius Hour and Passion Projects for kids this curriculum is perfect for you! Minimal prep with maximum results as your students take their interests, complete student-led research and create Passion Projects that will blow you away! 

See What Other Teachers Are Saying…

Wow! This is such a well organized resource to lead students through the process of creating a passion project. My students and I appreciated the organizers and log tracking progress. My students came up with some amazing products and had such a good time! 

I have tried many documents to help with the organization of passion projects and this one is by far my favorite. The students in my gifted pull out groups love how it is set up. They told me that it is much easier and better explained than others we have tried. 

Awesome resource! I used this resource to help me lead a passion project unit with one of my reading groups. This resource made the process so smooth! I love that it has teacher resources as well as resources for students to use throughout the process.

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