A glimpse into my classroom...
By: Sarah Dillard
Hatchet Research Project
Students as Teachers
What were we doing before EOG review?
Character Trait Study and Analysis
To begin, we will be finishing up a character trait study that we worked on last week. The students were broken up into collaborative teams and each given three different character traits. Together, they had to analyze the traits using a Google Slide adapted from one of Marzano's four square vocabulary activities. Students had to discuss what they thought the trait meant, look it up in the dictionary, explain why it is important, and come up with some examples of how we can exhibit this character trait in our daily lives. When they were done, they had to rank the three character traits according to their importance.
After working on this activity together, they shared their completed document with me. I compiled all of the work from the class and shared it out to all the students so they can see the traits and information completed by their classmates!
Here's an example of a group's work below! They analyzed generosity, discipline, and courage and ranked them in the order below!
Accountable Talk Anchor Chart
After sharing all of the slides back with my students, they completed a Google Form reflecting on a word they knew, a word they thought they knew, and a new word that they learned! They also left feedback for each other using the comment section of the presentations!
Since we had already worked on character traits and the skill itself isn't too challenging for my students, my focus of this lesson was to ensure that my students have the correct understanding of the traits and their meanings. My students overall did a great job with this activity and stayed engaged. They appreciated the challenge of the review and realized that they didn't know a majority of the traits as well as they thought they did! This was a great way to review character traits and vocabulary for the EOG!
Research Activity with Discovery Ed Board Builder
Students are working in collaborative groups to become experts on one of the above topics. They were allowed to choose one that interested them! At the end of this project, they are going to be teaching their topic to the class using the information they researched and Discovery Ed Board Builder.
To start the project off, last week they brainstormed and created a bubble map in Pages about what interested them about their topic to help guide their research. To research, the students are using Worldbook Online, Discovery Ed, iCurio, and nonfiction books from the school library. For a couple of the topics that are more difficult, I have been working with the students to help them find acceptable and reliable resources to use online.
Here are some pictures of the students working!