May 1st, 2012
Today my students worked in their groups to create their products. They were so excited for social studies today. They kept asking during math when social studies started. (Makes me feel good 🙂 ). We talked about the process we were going through of creating a product. We discussed assembly lines and how they assist when creating something.
My students had a little difficulty getting started right away, but they ended up getting a lot of work done. I LOVED watching them work on their projects. They were completely entranced with working and it was rather difficult to pull them away at the end of the period. The only difficulties I had with this lesson were handling materials. There are a LOT of materials involved (paper, glue, scissors, tape, etc). So I would suggest planning ahead and having materials ready in buckets or bins. I am very happy I pushed my students to plan ahead during the past lesson because it showed when they were working today. They knew what to do when they began working today, so their planning helped them in the end. If I were to teach this lesson again I would like it to be during a period with a longer amount of time. I was only able to teach this lesson in a 35 minute period. Unfortunately I could not have a larger period, nor could I make it last over two days. I feel that my students’ work would be much more complete looking had I been able to give them more time.
Overall it was a great lesson! I enjoyed watching them be imaginative and creative! 🙂
Check out some of our creations!
We did a great job working in groups! 🙂
Our final products! From left to right: Crunchy Crab Cereal, Trix Rice Lucky Reese’s Cereal, Fruit Pops, Mint Poptarts, and Grape Grams. 🙂
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.
Recorder Worksheet| Peace Maker Worksheet| Designer Worksheet| Questioner Worksheet