Positivity Project PBL Library

Use this page to browse our P2 PBLs. Teachers can directly access the projects by clicking on the “View” hyperlink. The link will take you to the folder that contains the slide presentation, which you will use to facilitate the P2 PBL, and all supplementary material for that project. Be sure to read through the entire slide presentation first — and then make the necessary choices to meet your classroom’s needs.

While looking at P2 PBLs, consider how the rigor and depth of the project challenge shifts as grade levels increase. The grade levels in the below hyperlinks are suggestions. Teachers can — and should — use their discretion in leveraging any level of P2 PBL for any grade level of students.

School-Wide P2 PBL Units

Character in the Community

K–2  How can we share how our mom/dad/someone in our family uses character strengths to be successful in life? View

3–5  How can we promote and celebrate how people in our school community use their character strengths to be successful in life? View

6–12  How can we promote and celebrate how people in our school community use their character strengths to be successful in life — and inspire others to maximize their own strengths? View

Other People Matter Mindset Exhibit

How can we create a permanent, ongoing exhibit that will showcase how people in our school community demonstrate an Other People Matter Mindset on a daily basis? View

Classroom Morning Meeting

How can you, as leader in our classroom, create an engaging and motivating  morning meeting (with a greeting, share, activity, and message) that focuses on (insert character strength) and helps our classroom community connect? View

Mega Morning Meeting

How can you, as a event planner for your school, create an engaging and motivating “mega” morning meeting (with a greeting, share, activity, and message) that focuses on (insert character strength) and helps our school community connect? View

Classroom P2 PBL Units

Early in the Year: Establishing a Classroom Culture with Teamwork

K–2  How can we create a classroom community where everyone will be respectful class citizens and use teamwork to have a great year? View

3–5  How can we establish a classroom culture where everyone will act as respectful class citizens who use teamwork so that we all have a successful school year? View

Create a Super Hero

K–2  How can you, as a comic book artist, create a new superhero who uses positive character strengths to help others? View

3–5  How can you, as a designer for a comic company, create a new superhero that can fight real problems in the world using super powers and character strengths to inspire others? View

6–8, 9–12  Teachers can choose among many superhero-inspired themes that link to classroom content. View

Ideas include:

The Science of Superheroes:  How can you, as a comic artist, propose a new character for an upcoming Marvel Comic movie that shows their unique character strengths and how a “real science” (motion, forces, energy, electricity, magnetism, radiation, et al.)  led to the “science fiction” super powers that the hero uses?

Real World Issues: How can you, as a comic book writer/artist, create a new character for a Marvel Comic or movie that uses character strengths and unique powers to solve a real world (local, global, social, environmental, et. al.) problem?

Historic Hero:  How can you, as a comic book artist and writer, create a hero inspired by a historical figure (famous person, politician, etc.) that uses special powers, character strengths and lessons from the past to make the world a better place?  Note: This project could be adapted to make super-villains based on infamous people, illustrating the character strengths they are missing or misusing that led them to infamy. (see a chart of character strength opposites and excesses here)

Tall Tales and Folklore

K–2  How can you show people how characters in (stories, tall tales, folklore) use their character strength(s) to solve problems or help others? View

3–5  How can you, as an anthropologist, create a (CHANGE BASED ON PROJECT OPTIONS) that will show others how and why cultures have tried to instill positive character strengths in citizens through the use of tall tales or folklore? View

6–8, 9–12  How can you, as an anthropologist, educate the public about how and why many cultures have used tall tales and folklore to instill positive character strength(s) in citizens in order to better develop as a society?How can you, as an anthropologist, educate the public about how and why many cultures have used tall tales and folklore to instill positive character strength(s) in citizens in order to better develop as a society? View

Story Writers

K–2  How can you write a new story that has a beginning, middle and end for a movie that shows other people matter? View

3–5  How can you, as a scriptwriter, create a new story for your favorite TV show that builds character strengths or shows that other people matter to an audience and pitch why your story would be a great pick for the producers? View

6–8, 9–12  How can you, as a screenwriter or t.v writer, develop a movie, episode, or series that teaches its audience about (insert OPMM or character strength) through the characters and their interactions with each other? View

Helping My Community

K–2  How can you, as a concerned citizen, encourage collaboration in your community to improve a local problem? View

3–5  How could you, as a social activist, create a plan to help people who need support in our community and convince (school, town, citizens) to take action? View

6–12  How could you, as a social activist, create a plan to improve a social issue negatively affecting people in our community and convince (school, town, citizens) to take action?  View

Character Strength Playlist

K–2  How can you, as a DJ, pick songs that would make people feel (insert character strength)? View

3–5  How can you, as an event planner, create a music playlist that would inspire (insert character strength) during a class event? View

6–8, 9–12  How can you, as an employee of Apple or Spotify, create an “ultimate playlist” that would capture the idea of [insert character strength(s)]? View

Historical Images

K–2  How can you, as a historical artist, create a picture, painting, or drawing and caption of what schools with Other People Matter Mindset look like? View

3–5  How can we, as curators, create a museum that uses historical pictures to make an audience connect to the idea of (insert character strength(s))? View

6–8, 9–12  How can you, as a curator for a class exhibit, find and present a historical image that shows [character strength(s)] and write a description of how the strength is being used? View

Human Interest Piece

K–2  How can you, as an author, write a story about someone you know who is (insert character strength)? View

3–5  How can you, as a journalist, create a story that shows how someone in your class, school, life or history uses (insert character strength) to help others? View

6–8, 9–12  How can you, as a blogger or a journalist, showcase how someone in your class, community, or from history regularly uses (INSERT CHARACTER STRENGTH) in a unique way that makes a positive impact on others? View

Kindness App

K–2  How can you, as a software designer, create a button for a new app that would teach people about (character strength or OPMM)? View

3–5  How can you, as a software designer, propose a new app that increases people’s awareness and understanding of (OPMM/character strength(s)? View

6–8, 9–12  How could you, as a media designer, create or propose a new app whose goal is to spread kindness to the world? View

Letter to the Youth/Future

K–2  How could you, as an author, write to tell your future self how and why to show more (OPM mindset or character strength)? View

3–5  How can you, as a ___ grade student, write an “advice for the future” letter to yourself that will help you remember to treat others like they matter? View

6–8, 9–12  As a reflective thinker, how could you have overcome a prior roadblock/hardship in life if you had better developed (OPM mindset or character strength)?  How can you write a personal narrative to a younger student/you explaining why he/she should learn and use the trait earlier than you did? View

Political Advisor (Helpful Advice, Prudence)

3–5  As a political advisor, how could you have advised a historical politician to consider certain character strengths before making decisions about an important event? View

6–8, 9–12  As a political advisor, how could you have changed history for the better by advising a politician or a world leader to consider certain character strengths before making decisions about an important event? View

Social Media Campaign

K–2  How can we design a new t-shirt, bumper sticker, or poster that will  show people why we focus on the Positivity Project and character strengths at school? View

3–5  How can we, as advertisers, create an idea for a low cost media campaign that will promote why the Positivity Project and character strengths are important for our school and community? View

6–8, 9–12  How can you create a social media campaign that brings awareness and challenges people to use [insert character strength(s)] every day? View

Game Developer

K–2  How can you make a new a game where players would learn about (insert character strength or Other People Matter Mindset) while playing? View

3–5  How can you create (or propose) a game where players would practice and develop (insert character strength(s) or Other People Matter Mindset) by playing? View

6–8, 9–12  How can you, as a game developer for Hasbro/Nintendo/Sony, design an innovative game about (insert potential theme) that would develop (insert character strength or Other People Matter Mindset) by playing? View

Alternative Endings

K–2  How can you, as a movie director, develop a character who shows character strengths and why they are important? View

3–12  How can you, as a screenwriter, create an new ending for a movie or story where the characters have completely different character strengths and reveal why your ending is better? View

Letter of Gratitude

K–2  How can you, as a writer, create a letter, activity or event that would show someone in your family your gratitude? View

3–12  How can you express thanks to someone who supported you or had a major positive impact on your life by writing and presenting them with a letter of gratitude? View

Sharing YOUR Strengths with Others

3–5  How can you, as a future member of the workforce, create a resume that represents who you are and how your strengths make you the perfect candidate for your dream job? View

6–12  How can you, as a student preparing for future interviews, craft and present an elevator speech that highlights how your character strengths make you a valuable part of your community? View

The Hero’s Journey

3–5  How can you, as a writer, create an entry for a website titled: The Hero’s Journey- How All Pop Culture Heroes Use Character Strengths to Overcome Hardship? View

6–12  How can you, as an anthropologist, create an entry for a website titled: The Importance of the The Hero’s Journey and How All Pop Culture Heroes use Character Strength to Overcome HardshipView

Social Media’s Effects on Character

3–5  How can you, as a concerned citizen, show how social media positively and negatively impacts the development of (insert OPMM or character trait) in people and show people how they can help? View

6–12  How can you, as a social activist, inform the public of how social media positively or negatively impacts the development of (insert OPMM or character trait) in people and share how we all can make a positive impact in the future? View

Peer Mediator

K–2  How can we, as student mediators, help students get along better by seeing other people’s perspectives? View