Project Based Learning Activity: Design The Ultimate Playground (PBL)

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As a kid, there's really nothing better than finding the perfect playground. These days we're seeing more and more unbelievable play areas, and it's time we see what our students create.

Project Based Learning Activity: Design The Ultimate Playground

This project integrates elements of problem solving, collaboration, classroom design, and planning as students design their own ultimate playground.

There are 15 activities (most are 1 page for each) for students to complete. Each page involves an issue or topic they must solve, design, create, or research.

What's included:

8 Introduction
Students are introduced to their task of creating the ultimate playground.

9 Brainstorm
Students brainstorm everything they know about playgrounds. This may be done as a class to help students begin this PBL process.

10 The Power
Students answer questions on why playgrounds are important (to them), along with allowing them to think about ways to make great playgrounds.

11 Importance
Students rate aspects of playgrounds that they find important. They can use this to self-reflect as they create their own, and create a playground based on their own experiences.

12 Early BluePrints
Students design an early version of their playground. This blueprint will change, but it gives students a chance to see how much they can create early on in the process.

-When this entire PBL is complete, have students look back at their earliest version to see how it has changed and discuss why the changes happened.

13 For Everyone?
Students respond to questions on who needs playgrounds, should they be for everyone, and what role “safety” plays. These questions are great for discussions.

14 Creating the Playground This section begins the creation of their park. This page gives the students ideas to think about as they begin their design.

15, 16 The Main Hub
Students will design a MAIN HUB (jungle gym/equipment/home base). The first page is an overview, while the following page asks them to design their visions. At this point students may need to really begin collaborating with one another.

17 Materials
To assist with creating, students will have 200 credits to buy materials. Included is a list of materials.

18,19 Play Areas
This is two parts. Students will illustrate 4 specific items from their playground (from the list on the previous page).
-Then, if students have better ideas, they can create, label, and illustrate more (at no extra cost).

20-22 Bump It Up
Students take 4 regular playground materials and bump them up (improve upon them) with ideas and illustrations. There is a blank page included if students have different equipment they’d like to include.

23 Make it Official
Students give the playground a name, a slogan, and create a logo.

24 Dedication
Students must dedicate the playground to someone and write why this playground is being used to remember them.

25 About the Playground
Students create a brochure about the playground. There are four items they must include, but the rest of the design is up to them.

26 Playground Design
Students write a list of all materials and areas they’ll be including in their playground. This will be used to assist as they map out and design the entire playground.

27-31 Map & Key
Students will create a MAP KEY and MAP of their playground. The first page has the instructions, followed by a page for the MAP and KEY.

-Specifically included are lined and unlined map key pages. You (or students) may pick which one works best.
-For the MAP, students may make a version larger than one page. They can add a second page by cutting it out and gluing/taping it together.

32 Reflection
Students reflect on how they felt and worked during this PBL.

33 Extension IDEAS This page will give teachers ideas for extension ideas to use with this PBL.

This can be completed independently, but it is definitely created to be used for the entire class with heavy teacher involvement.

After each section/activity, teachers can stop and allow students to share and discuss their reasoning and build rapport with classmates and the teacher.

**If you’re new to PBL, this is an easier type to implement because you’ll be walking the students through each section. This PBL can be used to identify how students learn, what they’re interested in, and how they function together.

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