After teaching all of the grammar skills covered in our standards I implemented this “You Teach It” opportunity for my kids to continue practicing the skills. I’ve used this in a 3rd grade classroom as well as 4th, and can easily see it working for 5th graders.
I had 4-5 students in each group and gave them 15-20 minutes each day to prep for their “lesson” on Friday. I usually set a timer for them to see during their work time. On Mondays and Tuesdays they completed the planning guide, Wednesday they completed their presentation guide, Thursday they completed their personal presentation guide and practiced, by Friday each group was ready to present. After teaching them the ins and outs of anchor making they created anchor charts and speaking parts for their lesson, as well as practice questions for their audience to participate in. Before presenting “lessons” I conferenced with each group, showing them the rubric and explaining what a strong presentation looks like and sounds like. The rubric was then available to them while they practiced for their presentation and finished up their anchor chart. I scored them using the rubric included in the product.