April 30th, 2012
The topic of today’s social studies lesson was ‘Designing a Product’. Instead of talking about how we design products (which is not extremely exciting) I had my students work collaboratively to create a product! (Much more interactive!). Each group will be making their own type of cereal. They will create a name for it, the ingredients used, what it will look like, and much more.
Today was merely the planning stage. Each person in every group was assigned a role. The roles were questioner, recorder, designer, peace maker, and checker. The questioner asked the questions that the group needed to answer, such as “What is the name of our cereal?”. The recorder wrote down the answers on a piece of paper. The designer worked with their group to draw a rough copy of what they wanted the front of their cereal box to look like. The peace maker wrote down what each person in their group would be doing the next day when they actually create their product. This is my favorite role because it requires students to think ahead and make decisions. It holds every student accountable for contributing to their group work. They will use this paper tomorrow when creating their products. I am so excited to see what they have planned for tomorrow!
They worked so well in their groups today. I was a little worried that we would run out of time before all groups could finish, but we finished on time! Some of the titles of the different cereal are as follows:
- Grape Grams
- Fruit Pops
- Crunchy Crab
- Trix Rice Lucky Reese’s
- Mint Poptarts
All groups were collaborating ideas and working as a team. I even saw one of my groups voting for ideas by placing their hands in together in the middle of the table if they voted yes (awesome!). This was such a fun lesson to teach! I can’t wait to see their creations tomorrow.