AASL’s guide to project-based learning for elementary grades

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/16/2022


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Maura Madigan’s book “Project-Based Learning for Elementary Grades” 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.

Madigan is a school librarian in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is also the author of “Learning Centers for School Libraries.” She’s worked in education for more than 25 years in the United States, South Korea, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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