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Passion Projects and Genius Hour for Elementary

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Are you looking for a way to increase student engagement and motivation? Try PASSION PROJECTS! This step-by-step guide includes everything you need to introduce Passion Projects during a weekly Genius Hour in your classroom. This Print and Go resource allows your students to participate in an authentic Project-Based Learning experience.


This curriculum includes 7 detailed lesson plans, checklists, planning pages, 2 PowerPoint presentations, rubrics, reflection pages, handouts and graphic organizers for each lesson, editable PowerPoint copies of most of the graphic organizers, rubrics, and support materials for the teacher.

Note: The 7 lessons may take more than a week to complete, especially if this is your students’ first Passion Project because you are also teaching the Process of Completing a Passion Project. Subsequent Passion Projects should not take as long.


Each lesson will take your students step by step through the process.

  • Lesson 1: Discover Your Passion
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Passion Projects and Burning Questions
  • Lesson 3: Resources, Products, and Audiences
  • Lesson 4: The Passion Project Proposal
  • Lesson 5: Researching and Taking Notes
  • Lesson 6: Creating Your Product
  • Lesson 7: Rehearsing, Presenting, and Reflecting

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wow! This is such a well organized resource to lead students through the process of creating a passion project. My students and I appreciated the organizers and log tracking progress. My students came up with some amazing products and had such a good time! – Catherine N.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I have tried many documents to help with the organization of passion projects and this one is by far my favorite. The students in my gifted pull out groups love how it is set up. They told me that it is much easier and better explained than others we have tried. Stacy H.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This resource was an amazing way to facilitate passion projects with my students! It was well organized, detailed, and user friendly. My students had so much fun! – Alexandria R.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Awesome resource! I used this resource to help me lead a passion project unit with one of my reading groups. This resource made the process so smooth! I love that it has teacher resources as well as resources for students to use throughout the process. – Alyssa S.

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