Fourth Grade Unit Plan
Albert Turner Elementary School
The ABC's of Inventions
Day 1 - Choosing Topics
Day 2 - What Is Researching All About?
On the second day, students were put in charge of figuring out what, exactly, we would include in a research project. After asking students a number of leading questions and instructing them to complete a quickwrite, they came up with and shared an entire list via KWL chart. These items were conveniently listed on a rubric made prior to discussion which was passed out and discussed. Often, researching can be intimidating and stressful, but I wanted my students to leave this project loving to learn about their topics and others' topics as well rather than finally "getting rid of the project." I, consequently, had my students share their "biggest fears" and "least worrisome" qualities with me on the back of our rubric. This way, I could dispell and illegitimate fears, and I could work with my students closely on the parts they felt they would least like. I also asked students to write a "least worrisome" quality. This would give students a part to look forward to when researching.
Day 3-6 - Researching
Links to Their Projects