Making a Difference

3rd Grade Project Based Learning

How can you turn the world upside down?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn't agree with segregation. He first witnessed injustice and inequality when he was a child; his neighborhood friends couldn't play with him because of the color of his skin. At that moment, Martin knew he could make a difference. While growing up, he experienced segregation first hand and became passionate about wanting to make a change. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke up and defended peoples' rights to be treated equally because he passionately believed all people were human beings, equal human beings.

What bothers you right now?

What do you want changed? Big or small!

If you could change peoples' minds about one thing, what would it be?

YOU can make a difference in our classroom, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, the United States, the world...if you put your mind to it.


Take a look at these links below. We hope that they'll inspire you to make a difference, big or small.

Raising Awareness

Look to some of the links below for some ideas of how a difference can be made. Does something inspire you? Don't see something on the list that you are passionate about? Follow that passion!

Disaster Relief





Climate Change


Animal Shelter

Once you have an idea...

Ask yourself these questions:

1. What is the problem/issue I'm trying to help solve or make better?

2. Who will benefit from trying to solve this problem?

3. Why does this problem need to be fixed?

If you can answer all of these questions, then go see your teacher and she will give you a "check-in" paper to see if you're ready to move on to the next step in our PBL unit.