The format of Instructables makes it an excellent resource for project-based education. For all grade levels, subject areas and skill levels, Instructables are available to address a variety of standards.
Step 1: Elementary
Elementary students can develop skills for following written instructions by ‘OrigamiEnforcer’ or another paper airplane ‘ible or a ‘StuMitch’ ‘Project to do with Kids’ ‘ible. Higher level students can also collaborate to write a class Instructable to develop their writing and editing skills.
Step 2: Middle/High
Middle grades and high school students can also improve their skills using an Instructable project, whether following directions for Reading or producing their own Instructable as a class project.
Step 3: Science
For Science students, ‘WYE_Lance’ provides excellent directions. Aerodynamics and acoustics as well as other science topics are easily addressed with many available Instructables.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-4-easy-Bamboo-Flutes-for-free/ for instance.
Step 4: Math
Measurement skills are used for many Instructables. Higher level math skills in real world settings are also available such as this Instructable for creating a ‘Compound’ parabolic solar collector (http://www.instructables.com/id/Compound-parabolic-dish-making-a-template-with-te/ )
Step 5: Language Arts
Language Arts standards may be addressed through reading and evaluating various Instructables for spelling and grammar as well as ease of reading and accuracy of detail.
Step 6: Social Studies
Social Science standards may be addressed by having students vote on contest finalists throughout the school year and graphing their similarity/difference to actual results. This is an excellent Sociology research project.
Step 7: Conclusion
There are myriad ways to use Instructables in your classroom. Take advantage of them TODAY! *ok, NOT today since it’s summer but…be ready for next year!*