This file contains the instructions and tools needed to have your students hold their own Science in the News Symposium. This simple activity asks students to read an article and with a group create a set of "paper" presentation slides. Each group then presents these articles, as experts, to the class. Building on a 3.8 paragraph format, I've included blank "paper" slides to help students organize their article presentations, a slip for other classmates to use to keep track of what they've learned from each presentation, and a presentation grading rubric. This product evolved from a worksheet that I used years ago for student article summaries. Now, it's updated and ready for group work! There's nothing new under the sun in this product, but it's all together and ready to go!
I use this symposium to work on reading texts, collaboration skills, summarizing, and student presentation skills. This is a great assignments to use as an emergency assignment for a substitute, especially if your classes have done it at least once before. This is also a great assignment when you need to expose students to a large amount of content quickly, or introduce a new topic.
To use this product:
Locate articles that meet the content needs of your current standards, or ask students to locate articles. (I’ve included lists of articles in my TpTstore. More will be added later.) Assign each group an article to read. I choose and copy articles for my groups. Each group member should have a copy.
Show classes the included student instructions. Groups are to read the article and then divide up the slides to be created among the group members. I ask my students to write sentences and draw illustrations to give details for their sentences. When my students are comfortable with this assignment, I give them blank sheets of paper for their slides, but you can print the pages included in this packet for student slides. I’ve included a blank slide sheet that you may use as you desire.
I teach on a 90 minute block schedule. I give my seventh graders 45 minutes to read their articles, and then write and illustrate their slides. Then, we do our 5 minute presentations. During presentations, students read and explain (quickly) each paper slide in order. While the other groups are presenting, the rest of the class fills out a slip (included!) where they identify important facts from other presentations. If I have more than 4 presentations, I allow students to choose four. I have included the grading rubric that I use while groups are presenting and then complete once groups turn in their “paper” slides.
I hope this assignment works for your classroom! Let me know how you’ve used it with your students!