Wednesday, June 17, 2015

i-Mazing End-of-the-Year Project

The end of the year is a great time for students to look back and reflect on things they have learned throughout the year. At the end of this year, I put together this simple project to use as a culminating activity for our studies of California and U.S. History!!

This year I had 4/5 split class, and this project was very easy to adjust for each grade level. In social studies, my 4th graders studied California History and my 5th graders studies U.S. History. So, their assignment was to research different California and U.S. symbols and monuments.

To prep, I enlarged and copied this iPad template onto 11x17 paper. {I had to trim 12x18 construction paper, and mess around with our copy machine, just a bit!!}.
Download Here:  POWERPOINT    PDF     PNG

I also copied three app pages for each student...
Download Here:  POWERPOINT     PDF

To begin the project, I provided my students with a list of California and American symbols and landmarks to choose from. Throughout the week, they researched each one and wrote a short paragraph to summarize. They edited and revised their paragraphs, and then copied each of them onto the apps. {I had to remind them to stay in the lines, since they would be cutting them out!!}

After all of their paragraphs were copied, they cut them out and folded them in half. On the outside, they illustrated their symbols and included a title. {Again, they needed reminders to draw their pictures in the right direction, so that the app would flip up, not down, when glued!!}
Finally, they arranged and glued each of their apps onto their iPads.
They loved this project!! My kids love anything technology, they learned so much through their research, and they were so proud of how they turned out in the end!!

While this worked great for my 4th and 5th graders as a culminating project in social studies, it could really be used for just about anything....

  • Reading Strategies
  • Parts of Speech
  • Text Features
  • Geometric Figures
  • Book Summaries (of different books read throughout the year)
  • Short Biographies
  • Biomes/Habitats
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Solar System/Planets
The possibilities are endless!!!

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