This is such a fun project because a lot of it is done outside of school, and I LOVE seeing what my kiddos come up with. They are SO creative!
Our 4th grade Social Studies standards include a study of the Historical Indians of Ohio. To wrap up this unit, we always learn about the 3 different types of homes they lived in: Wigwam, teepee, and longhouse. We do an interactive notebook activity:
Then we go over the instructions for the project and I give them their letter home to parents and rubric:
I usually give them about 3 weeks to turn them in. We don't spend any class time, I just remind them of the project occasionally, and provide books in our "theme" bin for them to research and use!
When they are all brought in, we put them on shelves all around my room and my teaching partners room. We do a 25 minute "Read to Self" time, and release 5 kiddos from each class at a time to "take a tour" of the homes. This way, they can see them up close (without touching!) so they're not all standing up and trying to get close during presentations.
We present them for about an hour each afternoon for 3-4 days. They read their paragraph out loud, then explain to the class how they built it. I usually ask 2-3 questions, and then they can call on 2 students for questions. It is amazing how interested they are and how much they love seeing their classmates work and showing off their own!
Here are some of the amazing projects that were presented today!
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Do you do any fun projects with your kiddos? I'd love to hear about them! Comment and tell me about it, please! :)