As I mentioned in our prior lessons on the FINDS Research process, students need guidance implementing this process each step of the way due to its complexity. FINDS is an acronym describing its five step research process:
Based on the Stripling Model of Inquiry, FINDS takes students through the process of investigating, constructing, expressing, and reflecting (StriplingModelofInquiry). For this lesson, we will discuss the fourth step: Develop a Presentation. I present my Promethean FINDS Flip Chart explaining the FINDS model and providing background information. I consulted with our school media specialist, and we collaborated on creating an explanation of each step in student-friendly language. I review the FINDS five step process, discuss our goal and rubric, and listed what we already know about the research process from our past experiences.
This is our fourth day, so we discuss the area of my Develop Flip Chart that addresses how we can Develop Knowledge into a Presentation (Develop). Students think of their past experiences presenting to the class. Students brainstorm ideas to convey what we know to others using visual aides, technology, illustrations, captions, summaries, dramatizations, etc.
Students get into their cooperative groups and prepare for presentations by developing a plan to organize their communication of content knowledge. I give students a Develop Planning Template for developing and presenting their knowledge gained. Students also use a Presentation Rubric to guide and score their presentations. Develop Knowledge into presentation covers Common Core skills such as understanding the important contribution of each team member in the final product, synthesizing a clear focus to create the final product by targeting information needed, strategizing to present for a target audience, and effective communication techniques for sharing ideas and information to others clearly and coherently.
I left the presentation product up to students to decide, so, as they worked with their teams, I saw them creating posters, books, dioramas, etc. to present to the class. To foster their creativity, I supplied students with various materials such as poster paper, construction paper, blank foldable books, shoe boxes, craft items, etc. so students could develop their presentations. Student products showcased their creativity, as shown in one team's Animal Abuse Student work sample.
Students present their creations and discuss how their final product represents the knowledge gained. I videotaped during the Student Presentation part of this lesson to document and score during our next lesson. Each team took turns explaining their part in forming the final display and summary.