Project-Based Learning for Elementary Grades (AASL Standards–Based Learning Series)

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This inspiring tool demonstrates how project-based learning (PBL) projects can be used in a variety of settings and provides coaching for educators who aspire to create their own projects.

Madigan’s book delivers flexible, interdisciplinary, learner-driven projects that support the National School Library Standards. Readers will find background on project-based learning (PBL), a breakdown of the essential parts of a project, and ready-made PBL projects that can be used with minimal preparation. Designed for both beginning and experienced school librarians and educators interested in facilitating PBL projects with elementary learners, this book offers

  • lessons, educator preparation steps, learner directions, worksheets, assessments, suggested materials, and resources; 
  • mini and extended versions of each project enabling use with diverse schedules, grade levels, and learner abilities; and 
  • chapters on collaborating with other educators, facilitating and adapting virtual PBL projects, and creating PBL projects.


Part I
Chapter 1. The Basics
Chapter 2. Parts of a PBL Project
Chapter 3. Logistics

Part II
Chapter 4. PBL Projects
Chapter 5. Virtual Projects
Chapter 6. Collaborative Projects
Chapter 7. How to Create a PBL Project


  •     Appendix A. Need-to-Know Sheet
  •     Appendix B. Progress Sheet
  •     Appendix C. Self-Reflection Sheet
  •     Appendix D. Peer-Reflection Sheet
  •     Appendix E. Assessment Rubric


Maura Madigan

Maura Madigan is a school librarian in Fairfax County, Virginia, and the author of the books Learning Centers for School Libraries and Project-Based Learning for Elementary Grades. She’s worked in education for more than 25 years in the United States, South Korea, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

"A solid introduction to project-based learning (PBL) ... Whether these projects, which are well thought out and flexible to schedule and learner needs, are used independently or collaboratively with educators, elementary librarians will benefit from this valuable resource."
— School Library Journal (starred review)

"A wonderful tool ... The fact that the book is concise about the why, and mostly filled with very tightly designed projects makes it a versatile tool for anyone wanting to try PBL. The topics are current and would spark interest in students if well led."
— Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association