Learning Adventure (5) – Show & Apply What You Know

Housekeeping

1. Before we start, let’s decide the order of the presentations. We will do by playing the game, Climb down the ladder! Have you played this game before? If not, don’t worry! I will show you.

2. What do you need to prepare for the presentation? You or your group will have appx. 10 minutes to introduce your learning adventure. Put up your site on the screen and go over each section of the adventure. Other groups are expected provide at least one feedback/comment to the presenters.

3. Plan to bring some snacks or foods to share on your presentation day (food sign-up sheet here)

Today we will revisit your “Show What You Know” section and work on the “Apply” and “Parent/Teacher Letter” sections.

PART 1. Revisiting the “Show What You Know” Section

Earlier I asked you to think about “what you want your students to be able to do at the end” before deciding on details for your adventure. This way you are planning with the end in mind. By now you should’ve created essential questions, an anticipatory set (hook), an organizer, and resources for exploration. It is time to revisit back the “show what you know” section.

How does each section relate to the end product of student works? Are these sections all aligned well? Are your students doing a meaningful or just busy work? Are they using critical thinking and problem solving skills or just repeating facts? Keep these questions in mind as you revisit and refine the “show what your know” section.

Remember the rubric states, “This is the product – after they’ve learned about the topic, what can students create to show what they’ve learned and/or to learn more about the topic? This will be a creative endeavor – not a worksheet or research paper.

In addition, you want to indicate how students share their final product with you. You might also want to include the assessment criteria or project rubric in this section.

PART TWO: Apply – Finding a Career

This section is to provide students with information on possible careers that relate to knowledge, skills, and procedures learned from the adventure. Provide (a) a brief description about each career and (b) the links to websites about the career(s)  you found. It would be great if you could conduct (or insert) a brief interview with someone in the field. (c) Include a picture if possible.

PART THREE: Parent/ Teacher Letter

In this section, you will write a letter (you will speck directly) to parents/teachers with the following in mind:

  • An introduction to the adventure: purpose of activities, materials needed, helpful hints, what sections need parental guidance, opportunities for extension (field trips, additional books, etc.), a list of book titles that relate to the question.
  • Rather than simply listing what you find on Amazon – search the Athens library and the CMC – find good books, not just books on the topic.
  • Include learning objectives – use the Georgia Performance Standards if applicable. You may choose to write some general or specific learning goals for your adventure.

FOR FRIDAY

It is a group work day. Class doesn’t meet since you would need to film the Author introduction. In your video, you will tell about yourself and why you choose this topic.

1. You can shoot your videos with your phone or camera.
2. Then, you can edit your videos using iMovie or Movie Maker if you need.
3. Uploading your introduction video to YouTube is the easiest way to embed it onto your adventure’s introduction page.  You can login to YouTube with your google account. Make sure you set your video to “public”!!!
4. Once you’ve uploaded your video, copy the url, go to your introduction page, click on “Insert”, then choose Video<Youtube and paste in the url that you copied earlier. You’ll just see a yellow box on your page; but once you save the page you should be able to view your video.

FOR NEXT MONDAY

1. Social Media Identity Check-up (due at the beginning of class)

Since it’s the end of the semester, it’s time to finalize the social media project. Pull up your social media identity page, review it, then finalize the page adding a 2-3 paragraph final update on your progress towards your social media identity goals. Right before the final update, you will also want to include what you’ve reported here for the midterm check up.  Here is an example.

2. This is the final day before the presentations. We will add finishing touches to your adventure home. Plus, we will work on a final (really!!) mini-project in class (it won’t be daunting at all). The project is due Friday.

<Schedule for remainder of semester>

  • Friday, April 19 – Group work day. Class does not meet. Film the “Author Introduction.” Keep working on other sections.
  • Monday, April 22 – Last day of Learning Adventure. Final preparation for showcase. We will have another mini-project in class.
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Learning Adventure due. Presentation I
  • Friday, April 26 – Last day of class. Presentation II
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