Celebration of Nations! is a fun and engaging project that can be used for upper elementary grades. This can be used to create a Living Museum, as an anchor activity, or assign as a cooperative group project for teams of students.
Survey to Create Cooperative Groups
Expectations for the Entire Project
Parent Letter explaining the project
Graphic Organizer for note taking and research
Rubric for Team Created Model
Rubric for Technology Presentation
Rubric for Team Work
Instructions on how this is used in my class and with my team of teachers:
We start off by allowing students to take an interest survey. We group students into cooperative groups based on interest level. This can be done within a classroom or amongst teams of classrooms. In our case, we have four self-contained gifted classrooms on our team. We use this project as an opportunity to address many goals in our students' Educational Plans, allow for creative thinking, higher level thinking, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving. This type of project can benefit all learners.
A letter is sent home informing parents of the upcoming project. The goal is to create a "Museum Event" for the children to present their projects to an authentic audience. This can be done on any scale from peer audience, to a School Museum Day, to inviting the families and friends in for the event. As a gifted team, we actually have multiple Museum Days after a 6-8 week working period, meeting 1-3 times a week for an hour in order to work in cooperative groups. We present our keynotes, models, displays, etc to one another, we invite our school to visit for an hour the following day, and we invite family and friends to visit for an hour on the last day.
Students are highly engaged throughout this experience from researching using multiple sources, using technology, creating costumes, building models, and presenting. This long term project addresses numerous standards across academic areas.