Directions and Helpful Tips for the Teacher
This project is FULL of creativity, choice, differentiation, and allows your students to explode their imagination!
The document you will receive is three pages. The first page explains the details of this project. The second page is the directions sheet that you will copy (cut in half because the directions are duplicated on one sheet) and give to students so they have all of the project expectations. This sheet will also clearly illustrate how students will be graded on this project so they remember to include all of the components of the directions. This is an easy step-by-step sheet that will help your students as they design their project.
The last page is the rubric that is also duplicated on one sheet - so the teacher would make copies and cut them in half . . . this helps to save paper!
The preview samples show you the beginning part on the student direction and then two snapshots of what the rubric looks like.
You will love this project and so will your students! This becomes an incredible hallway display. It is generic enough to be used in any content area.
A few tips:
1. Don't give too many ideas on what the 3-D object could be - even though your students will be a little perplexed! I always give one example of using cotton balls if students were creating a project using the vocabulary word cumulonimbus clouds. Once I give them this example - I tell them that they can now no longer use a cotton ball because it is not a unique object.
2. Tell students to not let anyone know their 3-D object. If we tell others what we are using – they might use that too and then it becomes less creative. I encourage them to look around their house for something. The object should probably not be too heavy, as it will make it difficult to hang on a display.
3. I give my students about four to five days to complete the project and a little bit of it is done at school – but the majority of it is completed at home (which helps with the surprise and uniqueness of the projects).
4. On the day we will all present our projects – I tell students to bring them in a bag or covered in some way and NOT to show anyone their project until we are ready to share as a class . . . this helps to build up the suspense!
5. I do like to allow time in the day for all students to share their vocabulary word and discuss how their project incorporates the 3-D object.
The visuals that are created with this project help students to make connections to vocabulary words and to remember the meaning of the word.