You have several options on how to use this unit. You can do all of it in class and teach the skills as you go or if you teach students who know many of these skills, it could be a month long project that they could do at home. I usually send the whole packet home at the beginning of the project, but then guide them through each section teaching the skills that they will need for each part and reviewing the parts of the packet that they will need for that week.
The rubrics for each part of the project include the skills that the students are supposed to use and practice, so I base my lessons on the rubrics and go over them with students before sending each part of the project home. Each rubric also includes a line for an oral explanation of something that goes with the project. Make sure that the students see that part of the rubric and that you teach that skill during the unit.
The skills include summarizing, main idea and detail, description, cause and effect, author’s purpose, descriptions, adjectives, character traits, and research. You can also tie in Social Studies, Science and Math skills as you go.
This project takes at least a month. Some years, my special education students have invited the whole school to come through and look at their projects. This takes a lot of organization on my part, but it is SO worth it to see my students shine as they share their knowledge and teach others their games that they have created. You may only want to invite your grade level or specific classes, but think about how you want to plan your celebration day at the end of the project. You can make it as big or as little as you want! They just love to celebrate what they’ve learned.
When I plan our theme day celebration, I have students pair up and create a “display” their projects. They have fun being creative and turning their little space in the classroom into a museum.
You can decide to do this as a home project also and just have them bring in their projects to share. Each project has a rubric and directions included in this packet. Remind students to make sure they follow these directions closely! Remind them to look at the rubrics as they go along. You know your students and will know how much support they will need.