Learning Adventure: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Project Rubric

Project Component



Inquire –


  • Write the question that will be investigated. It could be an essential question, but this isn’t required. (You may have more than one.)
  • Parents and students should know what the adventure is about based on this question.


Hook – Anticipatory Set

  • Give some facts, interesting websites, additional questions, etc. – this is considered the anticipatory set – the part of the adventure where you get students excited about the question.
  • Include an appropriate online game or activity related to your question – don’t just provide a link – give students something specific to do
  • If appropriate for your topic – create a small gallery of photos that fit the question. But give students something to do with the pictures – or encourage them to create a photo album of their own pictures related to the question.


Explore - Guiding
the Research

  • After exploration in the previous steps, students will begin to do research on their question. They might use the “Organize” graphic organizer -- or there might be an additional one to print here.
  • Provide a list of websites that are age-appropriate (not just the first 5 listed from a Google search). Make sure you list the name of the website and write a description.


Show What you Know – Student Product

  • This is the product – after they’ve learned about the topic, what can children create to show what they’ve learned and/or to learn more about the topic? This will be a creative endeavor – not a worksheet or research paper.


Apply – Finding a Career

  • Give children information on answering these types of questions as a career. (Example: sound: audiologist, musician; weather: meteorologist, climatologist, etc.)
  • Link to sites about the career.