Erin Lundgreen
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Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment
Upper Elementary
  • 20% Time
  • Genius Hour
  • Google
  • Google Forms
  • Google Sites
  • Google Slides
  • Inquiry-based Instruction
  • Passion Project
  • Research Skills
  • google
  • google-forms
  • google-sites
  • google-slides
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

    Education Standards

    Genius Hour Google Hub

    Genius Hour Google Hub


      This resource is for teachers to aid students through the expeditionary and inquiry-based learning process of Genius Hour. Genius Hour is a passion project students can participate in using 20% of class time every week (about 1 hour). They will learn how to ask good questions around a topic they're interested in, conduct research, and ultimately produce and present evidence from their findings.

    • Time frame: 1 hour per week every term (About 10 hours)
    • Format: asynchronous, virtual, or in class with groups

    Student Outcomes, Differentiation, and Background Information

    Student Outcomes

    To summarize the many objectives that Genius Hour covers, here a few outcomes one can expect from participating in the project:

    Students will identify, evaluate, and select sources that will help them narrow down a grade-appropriate topic of study. Students will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions and follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed. They will come to discussions prepared to collaborate and share with their peers.  Students will engage with and extract information from a diverse array of media formats through research and presentation. Students will present findings through diverse media formats, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


    When it comes to differentiation, Genius Hour is King! The very premis of Genius Hour is to allow students choice - to encourage and guide them to study something they want to learn on their level. The files provided allow students to show their work in a miriad of ways from sketchnoting, writing essays, creating images, collecting data or directing a movie. Students who need extra scaffolding will find study helps in the resources attached and peer support through group discussions.


    It would be preferred to have background in general digitial citiezenship, research skills, and presentation tools. However these skills will be fine-tuned and achieved as student make a good effort to follow the steps outlined in the attached resources.

    Genius Hour HOW TO: Instructions and Attachments

    Attached, you will find links to all the resources you will need to conduct Genius Hour in your Classroom. Feel free to make copies and adjust the documents to fit your needs. 

    1. Start with the Introduction HyperDoc. Have the students make their own copies of the doc so that they can add and and edit as they go along. You can watch the videos together as a class or let students go through the material at their own pace.

    2. Have students "ok" their project with you through the interactive Google Jam Board (link below)

    3. As they begin to work on their project, have them use the digital notebook attached. Students can collect reliable sources, take notes (sketchnote), and create materials to build their presentation at the end. 

    3. Once a week, 5 minutes at the beginning of your "hour", have students interact in small groups on the Scrum Meeting Jam Board to share their progress.

    4. Students will also personally fill out the "Weekly Gheck-up" google form to let you know how they're doing.

    5. After about 10 hours of work, encourage students to find a creative way to present their findings. They can make a poster or science fair-type trifold. Technology presenting would be even more fun! How about a powerpoint, canva presentation, adobe spark video or a flipgrid? 

    6. Make sure to publish student projects on a blog or website so they can show-off all their hard work.