Media and Communications, Educational Technology
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Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy
Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
Genius Hour, Inquiry Process, Inquiry-based Instruction, Inquiry-based Learning, Research, Research Methods, geniushour
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Genius Hour Unit Plan

Genius Hour Unit Plan


This unit plan gives an outline for introducing Genius Hour to your students. It was developed for a third grade class, but can be adapted for any grade level.

Image created by Nathalie Ambruster


Genius Hour Unit Plan

Getting Started

Name:  Nathalie AmbrusterShort Bio: I have been teaching for eight years, in grades 1-5. I have a passion for EdTech, innovative teaching and learning, and inquiry-based education.
Grade Level/Subject: 3rd Grade


ISTE Standard(s) for Students:
  • Standard 1.1  Empowered Learner
  • Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Standard 1.4 Innovative Designer
  • Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
Inquiry Mini-Lesson:Inquiry and Research Slides
My Genius Hour Question:Why don't all regions in Utah have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and how can this inequity be resolved?


Research Mini Lesson :Accountability
  • Assessed by turning in digital notes via Canvas
Stand-Up Meeting Expectations:

Implementation and Presentations

ISTE Standard for Educator 7a Genius Hour Incorporation: (Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology)I will incorporate this standard by…
  • Providing a variety of creative tools
  • Supporting students as they learn to use their chosen presentation tool
  • Asking guiding questions tailored to individual student learning and reflection

Community Sharing


Students will share their GH projects on Seesaw via our Class Blog. I made it password-protected, so anyone outside my class will have to have the password to view the blog. This will allow the school and families to still have access, while student privacy is still taken into consideration.

ISTE Standard for Educator 4c Genius Hour Incorporation:(Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams, and students, locally and globally)Students will collaborate by…
  • Meeting with their feedback group daily using a digital agenda
  • Posting their presentation on the Seesaw class blog
  • Reaching out to community partners who are experts in their inquiry topic, and organizing a virtual interview
  • Presenting their project, either virtually or in-person, to another class in the school