I use these projects with my 6th grade honors classes because they offer creative and analytical options, although they can be used in any type classroom. I assign them 2 weeks prior to the due date. Once or twice during the 2-week period, students spend a few minutes with others completing the same project to compare their progress. Each option requires research with a bibliography page and includes well developed requirements. A rubric with points that add up to 100 and 4 chances of earning an additional point for exceeding requirements is included.
The following are the six options for rocks & minerals:
*Rock Task Cards
*Countertop Buyers' Guide
*Rock Cycle Illustrated Children's Book
*Rocks & Minerals Career Guide
*Rock Types Models
*Rocks & Minerals in the News
The following are some possible ways to use the projects and rubric:
• Gifted students in a regular classroom can be required to choose and complete one project during the unit.
• All students could be required to complete one activity as a unit project and present their projects at the end of the unit.
• As a jigsaw activity, assign a different project to each group and have groups present so that the entire class benefits from the entire list.
• Have students grade themselves on rubric and/or pair students for peer editing using rubric before turning in.
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