Independent Project Steps

So You Want to do an Independent Project?

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Success

An independent project is a great way for a kid to grow as a student. It's a chance to learn something new and then share your knowledge with others. However, there are many steps to an independent project. We hope you use this as a road map to a successful project.

1. The Question

  • Pick something to learn about. It's best to choose something that interests you. What are you curious about?
  • Take your subject and make a question? If the question is too big, make it smaller. A teacher or parent can help you with this.

2. Organize and Plan

  • Talk to your teacher
  • Create a Timeline - what you're going to do when
  • Make a mind map
  • Create a rubric
  • Fill out an Independent Project Proposal

3. Collect Your Information

  • Books
  • Internet
  • Experts
  • Focus only on the information you need.
  • Find the information that helps answer your question.

4. Show Your Thinking

  • How you show your thinking should be on your proposal.
  • Poster, Word, Powerpoint, play, game, etc.
  • Double check with your rubric.

5. Share your Thinking

  • Share the answer to your question with an audience.
  • Get feedback on your goals shown in your rubric.
  • What would you do differently?
  • What have you learned about yourself?
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