I hope you all had a productive workday while I was at the AERA (American Educational Research Association) conference. Have any of you attended a conference? If so, how do you think these sorts of gatherings can benefit you, especially in your future role as a teacher? If you’re thinking of being a cardiologist, there’s even a conference for that! If fact, 20,000 people came to New Orleans this past weekend for the cardiologist conference.
Assessing Where We Are
If you have not created and shared a Google Site among your members, you will want to make sure to have this complete by Friday, April 15. A few things to keep in mind:
- Share permissions within your site with your partner of group. You will want to make sure everyone can make edits. Here’s a video to help you choose the correct settings.
- Make sure your navigation bar reflects the sections in the rubric: Author Introduction, Inquire, Hook, Organize, Explore, Show What you Know, Finding a Career, and Parent Teacher Letter – we may decide to edit these later.
Organizing the Investigation for Students
Today we’re going to create a chart for students to organize information – this could be a KWL chart, a cause and effect chart, etc. It is best if it becomes a tool to help them navigate through all of the parts of the adventure – so they know where to go and what to do in each section.
This will serve as a “to do” list. Use kid-friendly graphics – so it’s not just a black and white worksheet! Let’s look at some ways to help students organize information. You may find something you like on this teacher site, you may choose to create an organizer using Dabbleboard, Webspiration, or even using Word. This is up to you and your group. You can also look at some examples from former projects, such as the money project or the backyard project.
After you’ve selected or created an organizer for your investigation, include a write up on your Google Site for students. Just posting an organizer isn’t enough. You need to write to the students, explaining what they are going to do with it. Do you want them to print it? If so, you need to tell them. Let’s take some time in class now to select/create an organizer and write directions for students.
Complete the graphic organizer and web page for this part of the project. On Friday, we will be talking about the exploration phase, where we will help guide the students’ research. Be thinking about this next step with your group.