Another project is under our belt and we have our evidence to show from it in Powerpoint format. After each project I like to reflect on various things. I thought I’d share those with you as well. Often times when someone comes to visit in the classroom, I’ve heard, “you make it look so easy!” I also added steps below to how we make it work in our classroom or your house! Click the link to see our work: The Weather Project
How to do project work at school/home:
- start small
- always use an experience the children can have that is hands-on, meaningful, real, and relevant (the easter bunny is not real)
- be organized
- ask questions
- don’t be afraid
- If at first you don’t succeed try, try again!
What went well:
- the children lead most of the project and asked for me to put specific things on the lesson plan
- the children learned the types of clouds and shared this information with their families
- the project gave us many opportunities to sketch and use our imagination
What didn’t go well:
- wish we had more time to finish the project
- would like to have gone in-depth in more topics
- did not have enough hands on experiences with snow
After learning all there was to know about trees (or all we wanted to investigate), it was time to culminate our Tree Project. Kara, my assistant teacher, who had been planning and teaching each lesson asked the children how they would like to share their knowledge. They automatically responded that they wanted to bake something. Our children enjoy baking and cooking and that was no surprise to us, but we told them we also felt that just baking would not share our knowledge. A child automatically thought a book would be the best way of sharing all of the information that we had learned. The children spent two days narrowing down their ideas of what to bake and decided to bake banana bread, because “bananas come from trees.”
Over the course of two weeks, the children created a fifty page book of what they had learned through the tree project. Several children used the word wall (mentioned in an early post) to label their work, others asked for help from teachers, and some children used inventive spelling. Several children used the Power Point book we had created for families about our journey through the project to remind them of details we had learned about to add to their book. After our book was finished, we re-read it as a class to make sure that we had not forgotten any important details.
I created a PowerPoint with directions for the children to create their banana bread . Each slide had a different direction and each had a picture. The pictures included a picture of the item for the children to use and a picture of the measuring tool. The measurement was also typed on the top of the screen. For instance, one and a third-cup flour would have a picture of one cup, one-third cup, and the picture of the flour. The older children were able to read the words and my younger able to follow along. When the children are given leadership opportunities during baking session (or any activity) they are empowered! The way the PowerPoint was presented the children were able to bake with little to no assistance from the teacher. Four batches later, we had made banana bread for each classroom including assistant and lead teachers. The children decided to cut the bread into individual pieces, wrap each piece in Saran wrap, and label each piece. We then delivered after we had finished each batch. We then shared our book with two of the four classrooms.
This is just one of the ways to culminate! We have done many other ways in the past. The important part is that the children are sharing their knowledge with others and thus becoming the “experts” to another classroom.
Now it is your turn!
- How have you culminated a project?
- Did it go well?
- How could it go better next time?
- How could we help?
Until next time,