What is this project?
This project was created for the end of our astronomy unit in science and involves pairs of partners researching a planet or object in our solar system and creating a webpage using the website Glogster to teach others about their topic. If you have your own class website or want to use a different webpage creating site, you can easily adapt this project to it. Personally, I had my students create their webpages in Glogster and then I embedded them into our class website on Wikispaces. Please be aware that if you want multiple students to use Glogster with you, it requires a paid account. If you think you want to use this project with Glogster, I suggest signing up for a free trial account to see if you like it (instructions are listed below) before purchasing my product. Personally, I love using Glogster and highly recommend it!
Who is the project created for?
This project was created for my 5th grade students (They loved it!), but you should be able to easily adapt it for 4th or 6th grade. I would not suggest using it lower then 4th grade, since some of the research elements and creation of the webpage can be a bit too advanced for them.
How long does it take to complete?
Since our science time was about 40 minutes a day, I spent one day introducing and setting up partners and topics, one day teaching my students how to use Glogster, two days to research, five days to create and edit the webpage, and one day to present. So it ended up taking about two weeks. You can easily adjust the time to fit your needs.
What standards does it cover?
Since every school district has slightly different standards, you’ll have to make your best judgment at which standards you need to teach that would be covered in this project. For me, it covered our astronomy science standards as well as some of the research, communication, and technology standards.
How can I use this project in my classroom?
The following pages are included in this product for your use:
•Astronomy Webpage Project Sign-up Sheet – Students can sign up with a chosen partner for a topic or you can assign them yourself.
•Astronomy Webpage Project Directions – Directions for the project to give to students.
•Astronomy Webpage Project Notes – Notes sheets for students to guide and record their research. A bibliography/works cited page is included for students to keep track of their sources.
•Astronomy Webpage Project Glogster Instructions – This is a guide for both you and your students on how to access Glogster and how to use some of its basic functions. It is really easy to use and my 5th graders caught on to it quick!
•Astronomy Webpage Project Partner and Project Evaluation – This is an optional resource to give to your students at the end of the project. I used it in addition to my own observations to grade each student individually.
•Astronomy Webpage Project Rubric – This is the rubric I used to grade my students individually on their webpages. You can adapt it to fit what you need to assess.
How do I get started with Glogster?
Glogster is a really easy to use site to design creative and interactive webpages with.
To register for a free EDU account to try it out:
•Go to http://edu.glogster.com/register?edu_type=teacher
•Type in the required information and click “sign up”
To register for paid class account (Good for one teacher and 10 or 30 students)
•Go to http://edu.glogster.com/product-information/
•Click “I want it” under the type of plan you want
Personally, I had my students work in pairs, so I got the Home edition good for 10 student accounts. My students found it very easy to use and loved being able to create some really interesting and detailed webpages on their topic. They caught on so quickly, that whenever a student had a question on how to do something on their page, another student would excitedly show them! I loved how easy it was to implement and the designs you could make. It was well worth it for me to use for this project and others.
If you don’t want to use Glogster, this project is easy to adapt to create webpages on other websites. You could even have your students create a poster on poster board instead :-).
If you have any questions about how to implement this project or start using Glogster, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
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