End of the Year Project: What Are YOU Curious About?

The last couple of months have been exhausting on a lot of levels as teachers and students shift to online learning. I would venture to guess that everyone is ready for a much-deserved summer break. Teachers looking for creative ways to end the school year may want to consider a “What are YOU curious about?” project. This is a fun way to close out the year with a student-driven investigation.

This project uses the 5Es instructional model–engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate–to guide students through a learning experience focused on a topic of their choice. The goal of this learning cycle is to give students the agency to decide what they want to learn about before the school year officially ends. Once they have decided on the question they would like to investigate, they self-pace through the parts of the project and use the slide deck below to document their learning. This project is designed to drive higher-order thinking, develop research skills, and encourage reflection.

I recorded the screencast below to walk teachers through the parts of this project.

Below is the project template. Feel free to make a copy of the template below and modify it for your students!


If you have a fun end-of-the-year project or activity you enjoy using with students, please take a moment to post a comment and share it!

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4 Responses to End of the Year Project: What Are YOU Curious About?

  1. Elisabeth Alexander says:

    Thank you for this project!

  2. Debra B Reddy says:

    “GIMME SHELTA” I have instructed my elementary students at the Great Northern to build a shelter…either inside using man made materials…or outside using the materials found in nature! Keep in mind the 7 Principles of out door ethics..they received a document on what these are and Survival Basics! I have received a great picture of shelter!

  3. LaDonna Guzman says:

    I really like the idea that “learning starts with a question” excellent ending to an interesting year!

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