Research?! Create a collaborative learning environment in your classroom! Whether you pair up the students in your classroom or pair up with another grade level you can use this research project to make learning/researching FUN!
In this unit you will find some teacher resources, learning menus, rubrics, graphic organizers and a book template – essentially everything you need to complete the project! The learning menus include iPad tasks as well as hands-on tasks. I have also created a template for these menus if you want to add/change a learning activity to suit your class.
Personally, I have collaborated with different grade levels each year to do projects just like this one! This coming school year I will be teaming up with a great colleague of mine in second grade to do this project with my first graders. I am very excited to have our students connect, collaborate and communicate!
You can make this collaborative learning project semester long or year long! I like to build a sense of community between my class and the class we work with so we make our project last throughout the year. With all the different kinds of testing taking place as well as other activities that go on throughout the year it always works out if we have unlimited time throughout the year to complete the projects instead of making sure it is done in 2-3 weeks. However, there are 9 activities on the learning menus and you can have one due each 9 weeks if you like to have a more structured timeline!