ALL SUBJECT AREAS:
With all this teaching to the test, we need to reflect on making sure our students are prepared with real world knowledge, as they set off on their own. Here is a project I created and had my 8th grade students use this year. They LOVED it, and I feel like they really learned a lot. No matter what subject you teach, this project is a great activity for students to complete, once those tests are over, or you have some free time!
In a nutshell-
This product can be used in a variety of ways, and those ways are described on the teacher direction page of this document.
This item allows students to research, create products, lessons, activities, quizzes, and plans, and present and teach the class about their findings on the following topics:
-Outdoor survival skills
-Health and Nutrition
-Technology in everyday life
-Basic First Aid and Safety
-Dances of Past and Present
-Etiquette and Manners
-Cooking for Beginners
-Balancing a Checkbook
-Telling Analog Time
-NATO Phonetic Alphabet
-Responsible Social Media
-Common Card Games
Feel free to use the easy to cut up and distribute topic cards, to have your students draw their topics out of a jar.
THE BEST PART IS:
-This is not just another project. For every topic mentioned, I have created sample lessons, complete with Youtube video clips, article links, digital games for students to practice, and digital quizzes for students to take.
I used these additional documents as a means of differentiation-
1. My honors students completed the project with no help, and after all projects were completed, they were given the 30 documents I created as a way to practice what was already learned, and use as a reference guide in their future lives.
2. My General Education students were shown a few of my documents as examples, and I projected them on my Promethean board, and went through a few of them with the kids. This helped to give them some ideas on their projects, before beginning.
3. My CoLab students were each given their specific documents that corresponded to their topics. They used it as a means to teach themselves, find resources, learn how to set their own presentations up, and have a reference guide that was relevant to the project they were working on.
If nothing else, you could give this to your students over the summer to work on independently, or right before they leave as a guide that they can return to or reference later in life. You could also skip the project part, and just use the digital worksheets to have your students learn and practice the content.