This was my students' favorite learning unit this year and the goals they reached or products they produced were amazing! Many brought tears to my eyes. Students can do astounding things with a little time, structured planning, and a passion.
Using the Google Corporation's idea of using 20% of company time to pursue a passion, this unit brings this concept into the classroom. Students choose a topic they are passionate about, develop a project with it that will attain a goal or produce a product.
This multidisciplinary unit was designed for 4th-8th gifted students, but certainly could be adapted for use in the general classroom or higher grades. The 20% Project would be perfect for homeschoolers.
My students worked on this unit for 6 weeks, but it could last a semester or a full year. The plans are very adaptable for different time frames.
This product includes:
*Cognitive Developmental Standards Covered
*Affective Developmental Standards Covered
*Instructional Activities - each lesson or session has outcomes, materials/resources needed, lesson introduction/motivation, learning outline, reflection prompts, assessment/evaluation and extension/homework.
*Pictures of unit being used in my classroom
*Student Project Packet (6 pages)
*List of student project goals pursued in my classes
*Invitation to final presentation
*Templates for project selection and presentation plans
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