Reflection: Student Ownership Cell Organelle Project - Day 1 - Section 3: Explore

 

For many of my science units, I require students to complete a capstone project in which they demonstrate their understanding of the concepts from the unit.  Generally, the students are able to work alone or select a partner to work with on these projects.  Since this is the first capstone project they complete, I assign them to small groups using the note card activity.

The purpose of the capstone project is for students to process the information they learned during the unit and turn it into a project to demonstrate their understanding of the unit's concepts.  The information for this capstone project is more tightly controlled and limited to only the structure and function of one cell organelle in order to help the students begin to understand the idea of the capstone project.  

The students are able to select the type of project with which they feel most comfortable.  This allows them to focus on the information being shared, but it also enables them to be creative and showcase their talents as individuals.  For instance, some of my students really enjoy singing/playing music, so these students create songs and music videos about the information. Other students enjoy building, so they create models to share with the class.

I provide students with work days to complete the projects in class.  One of the reasons I do this is so all of the students have equal access to the materials and technology they may need to successfully finish their project.  I also have the students work on the project in class, so I know who is completing the work.  Allowing the students class time to work also provides me with the opportunity to ask them questions about their creation process and the finished product.

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Cell Organelle Project - Day 1

Unit 3: Cells
Lesson 9 of 12

Objective: SWBAT develop creative ways to exhibit their understanding of the structure and function of a given cell organelle.

Big Idea: In this lesson students begin creating a project to demonstrate their understanding of cell organelle structure and function.

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