You’ve probably already heard the saying, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” by Benjamin Franklin. Well, this lesson is aimed towards getting your students involved to optimize learning by allowing your students to synthesize the information learned in class and creating a “lesson” to present the information to the class. Through teaching, the students are able to show what they know and make more connections to solidify their learning.
I love to use this activity as a partner lesson. Before breaking out to work, we take notes on the back of the board to outline what needs to be included specifically. For example, when teaching point of view, I went beyond the grade level standard to have them teach about the differences between first person, second person, third person limited, and third person omniscient points of view. Using one board per standard and using the back for notes/specifics allows me to differentiate easily and avoid having umpteen million different boards. I like “SIMPLE”. I like MEANINGFUL. I like this lesson. A lot.
Each group selects one option from the task board, and begins to plan the lesson before presenting it to the class. This is always a HIT with the kids, and it’s a great formative assessment at a higher level of Blooms’ Taxonomy. A win-win situation, to say the least!
I have decided to keep the same tasks for each standard because I like to keep it simple. I don’t like to waste precious instructional time constantly teaching new procedures. I feel that the six choices included in this pack are fairly broad and have plenty of room for diversity and creativity within them. For example, if students choose to do a multi-media presentation, they can utilize PowerPoint, Pages, Prezi, Glogster, and various other apps such as My Story. A song can be a rap, a ballad, a new tune, a song to an old tune, etc. Creativity often thrives within a predictable structure because students know what the expectations are and are free to experiment and synthesize information in new and meaningful ways. If, however, you wish to have more specific boards or more variety, an editable blank template has been included for your convenience and customization. Happy Teaching!
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