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Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)

Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Scientist of the Week - Experiment, Explain, and Engage Project (Year-Long)
Product Description
Create a science program for students and by students. Each student will choose their own science experiment to complete. They will complete an experiment journal and summary research report. Give them a chance to "shine" during a class prevention.

Formatted like a "scientist of the week" program. The student presenter will have the opportunity to shine and have their star with friendly reviews posted on a "billboard." Themed like an old fashioned traveling show that moves from act to act. Includes everything that needed to create an entertainment show atmosphere: posters, bulletin boards, show reviews, audience review strategies. To encourage cooperative learning, there is a focus on active listening and participation of student audience.

A memory book that students will love and parents will appreciate! The purpose of this book is to keep all presentation reports in one place. Parents will love that it includes a complete set of project instructions. The book moves from one presenter to the next presenter. The book includes reference information for new presenters, reports of past presenters and reviews of previous student acts.

Flexible and adaptable to any classroom. This packet can be used for an entire year's worth of presentations, but materials are flexible enough to be used for one time class assignment, science week or science fair. Simply use the elements and forms that best suit your needs. Experiment journal can we used with any experiment or investigation.

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SECTION #1 - THINGS THAT MAKE LIFE EASIER:
1. Overview and general information
2. Instructions for creating “travel memory” book (No special materials)
3. Cover page for memory book
4. Bulletin board instructions with illustrations and examples
5. Summary of student audience engagement strategies
6. Simple rotational method for students to have name and work featured

SECTION #2 - GRADING RUBRICS:
1. Science journal and experiment
2. Oral presentation of experiment
3. Student audience participation

SECTION #3 - BULLETIN BOARD MATERIALS:
1. Title Bar
2. “Upcoming Stars” forms (students stars and storage folder)
3. “Think and Share” cards (discussion cards and storage folder)
4. “Next Presenter” announcement
5. “Star Presenter Review” form (completed by audience member)
6. “Star Summary” form (completed by presenter)

SECTION #4 - STUDENT ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES:
1. Discussion cards for starting a conversation after the presentation (16)
2. Kudos cards - Similar to exit cards but with a positive twist (4/sheet)
3. Spotlight on learning - Cards for use with writing prompt or sentence stem (4/sheet)
4. Write a science or entertainment article - Show what you know
5. Star presenter review - Selected audience member writes review for bulletin board and traveling science notebook.

SECTION #6 - STUDENT JOURNAL USING SCIENTIFIC METHOD
1. Announcement for assignment for student and parent
2. List if examples and suggestions for selecting experiments
3. Safety rules and contract for student
4. Science journal and research report using scientific method
5. Student summary for posting on bulletin board and use in memory book
6. Writing paper for research/experiment summary

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Why This Program Works!
Seriously considering this product? Teachers have so many choices. Search engines list pages of similar products. Some free. Some for purchase. The most important aspect of this product is that it is a program. It is not just a lesson, forms, or activities. The program has been designed to maximize student engagement in learning…while minimizing prep time. Unique program features include:

Student driven: Students are responsible for the entire process. Teachers need only facilitate and support student success. Presenter will randomly select the next presenter. Audience member will create a summary for the bulletin board. Travel memory book contains the complete instructions.

Shining stars: There is always the student that could use a little extra recognition. The bulletin board will showcase their work. “Kudos Kards” will make the presenter smile with just a few kind words.

Team building: Students are expected to support and encourage classmates. Great team building strategy. Audience engagement strategies help ensure that everyone is listening.

Student choice: Allow for freedom of choice! Students get to choose their own experiment. They can select something of personal interest or a class topic.

Scientific Method: Introduce the scientific method in a simple way using a step-by-step approach. Instructional information is pre-printed on every page of the experiment journal.

Cooperative learning: Discussion questions are included for pairs, groups, or the class as whole. Expansion ideas include using for quick assessments.

Learning styles: Program requirements and assignments address learning needs of thinker, feelers, doers, and observers. The variety of tasks helps ensure that all types of needs are met.

Beyond the book: Assessments go beyond traditional test/grading methods. Grading rubrics designed for maximum versatility.

Compact storage: All items (except the memory book) are stored on the bulletin board. No bulky storage issues to overcome.
Total Pages
48 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
N/A
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