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Project Planning templates?

Project Planning templates?

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On a recent visit to Edutopia, I remember finding great templates for planning projects, but can't seem to retrace my steps back to those resources. I've tried all the search terms with no luck. Can anyone help? Thanks!

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I'm not sure where they might be on Edutopia, but you might considering checking out the "toolkit" which has some great resources and templates for project planning. I also recommend their book PBL in the Elementary Grades.

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Edcamper, Former @Edutopia, Founder of Social Media Marketing Consultancy aimed at helping educational orgs.

Hi Laura -

We have a very useful article on "Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project"

Here are some free resources and downloads about project-based learning:

Some more useful project planning downloads:

Hope this helps!

Suzie Boss's picture
Suzie Boss
Journalist and PBL advocate

Hi Laura,
In addition to the suggestions above, you might check out the project template developed by West Virginia's Teach 21. You can download a copy here:
And once you've registered at the Buck Institute for Education site (, click on the "Tools" tab to find a wealth of project-planning "FreeBIEs" (
Good luck!

Rob King's picture
Rob King
Author of Inquire: A Guide to 21st Century Learning

Hi, Laura:

(I posted the following before I realized we were talking about second graders. Sorry! Still, these templates might be helpful for older PBL students.)

If you'd like your students to plan and assess their own projects, you might find the following templates helpful.

The first is a planning sheet. On it, students write a goal, such as "Create a video that shows the Westward Expansion." Then students write objectives by answering the 5 W's and H about their goal. Afterward, they list tasks they'll need to perform (usually adding rows to the table in the template), assign a date to each task, and figure out teams and tools for the project. Here is a link to the planning-sheet template:

After students have created their projects, they can assess their work using a rubric. Students copy their goal and objectives from the planning sheet into the first column of the rubric. Then they evaluate their achievement of the goal and each objective. Students rate themselves according to whether they exceeded, met, or didn't meet their expectations. The total score that results functions as a percentage (with 20 points of extra credit if they exceed their expectations for the goal and all six objectives). The rubric helps students take ownership of assessment--but of course you can use the same rubric to score students' work. Here's the rubric-sheet template:

Both of these templates are from Inquire, a student handbook that teaches project-based learning, inquiry, and 21st century skills.

Have fun!

Rob King

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