Project Based Learning: Cardboard Creation PBL, For Print & Distance Learning

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Digital Divide and Conquer
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2nd - 6th, Homeschool
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Great engaging activity that can be worked on whole group and modified for my varied special needs learners. Thank you!
My students love this PBL activity. It is beneficial because we have a lot of students who finish their work early and this is something they can work on while they wait to move forward. Thank you!


Cardboard is everywhere. It comes in all shapes and sizes, including groceries and boxes for shipping from super-thin pieces to the heavy duty stuff. BUT cardboard is more than just recycled paper-- It can be turned into anything your students can dream of and that is just what they are going to do.


See below for more details on using it with Google Slides.

Cardboard Creation is a project based learning activity (PBL) that asks students to take cardboard and transform it into something new. They can create a game, a toy, sculptures, or whatever else they can imagine. There are unlimited possibilities when it comes to working with cardboard...and it's time to see what the kids can do.

This PBL will walk students through the students of designing and planning how and what they will create. This project integrates elements of design, STEM, science, math, and art as students learn about create a new item from cardboard.

There are 14 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 they working through creating their creation. 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 mindset.

What's Included

PAGE Title Contents

6 Introduction

Students are introduced to their objective of creating a resource from cardboard.

8 Brainstorm

Students brainstorm items they could create using a list of categories.

9 Picking The Creation

Students make a final decision of the creation they will be creating and designing.

10 Design Elements

Students use this page to illustrate some of the different techniques that can be used when creating with cardboard (such as folding, creating notches, glue/tape).

11 Design Techniques

Students illustrate and write different design techniques they can use putting their creation together. This includes folding, creating notches, tying with string, and more.

12 Rough Draft

Students create a rough draft design of their creation, along with six key features of the design.

13 Problem Solver

Students answer questions about their design.

14 Breakdown

Students break down the specific parts they will need to make their creation.

15 Final Design

Students make their final design after studying the rough drafts, identifying particular parts, and reflecting on what will/won’t work.

16 Alternate Angles

Students must create designs of what their creation will look like from three different angles (top, side, and cross-section).

17 Features

Students write the specific features that are included in their designs. This can vary between pieces and parts to moveable portions of the creation.

18 How It Works

Students lay out (in four steps)(plus an extra page of unmarked steps) how the creation works.

20 Final Thoughts

Students reflect on their design and creation, answering more open-ended questions.

21 Cardagrams

Students create/share two social media illustrations of their creation being used in action.

22 Reflection

Students score themselves on this self-assessment rubric.

23 Extension Ideas

A list of four extension ideas for teachers, INCLUDING allowing students to take their creation and build it in real life!

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.



There are two pdf files included in the zip file. To access the digital file for Google Slide open the file with the title "digital" in it. Then click the hyperlink included on the first page (inside the yellow box) to access the file online.

What you need to get started:

1. Download Link for the Google Slide Product

2. Have access to the Internet and a Google Account. (FREE)

3. Open the file on your own Google Drive and engage while in the edit mode.

4. Printer access to print out the finished product. (OPTIONAL).

Beginning your Google Slides Project:

Before you begin editing/filling in your project, it is VERY important to first make a copy of the file, on your own Google Drive.

Once you make a copy of the original file it will enable you to edit it and make any changes.

After creating a copy of the resource you can decide which slides you would like to include and which ones to delete before you assign this as an assignment.


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