Yesterday the students set out to create videos of skits about a real world fraction problem. Today they will continue that work and prepare to have their movie "screened" in front of an audience.
As they come to the carpet, I review their work from yesterday and the checklist of expectations for their videos. This review is important in pulling everyone together and giving the students a place to start. Before I have the teams move away to work, I ask them to create knee-to-knee circles and discuss what they need to do today to complete their task and to develop their work strategy. I am then able to listen in and help teams organize if necessary.
When they are finished, they are able to gather any tools they might need and receive an iPad from me.
The teams will have 30 minutes to complete their work.
As the students work, I circulate and facilitate through questioning where needed. I do want to let the students tap their own creativity, but I will discuss mathematical concepts with them. In this video, the group is working on understanding the problem and devising a solution. Listen in and you will recognize one of the students is misunderstanding the meaning of a numerator.
I have a student that is very interested in awards programs, especially the Oscars. As we were working yesterday, he said we should have awards, like they do at the Oscars, which he just viewed! I ran with it and asked him to prepare categories, awards, and a guest list for homework. He was more than happy to do the work and so became our host. His categories for nominations were:
Best Strategy Group
Best Character in the Script
Best Overall Skit
Obviously, I speak to him about each group receiving a predetermined prize. He and I discuss which prize should go to which group.
We invite the principal, several teachers, a few other staff members, and roll out the red carpet (red butcher paper) in front of our room! It's show time!
As the students complete their work, they turn in their iPad for nominations to our Oscar Award's Ceremony.
Following are the skits screened at our ceremony. I did not do much in the way of working on misconceptions at this time, as we were celebrating the work done so far. The children understand that I will be reviewing these submissions further later on for a rubric score and in order to create my next set of lessons.
In this clip of the award ceremony, you see and hear the excitement. This is a rich, relevant task for students. Also, the student host is recognized for his unique talents, and his interests are woven into the lesson at the last minute. However, I will be doing this again next year, as it was a fantastic idea from the person that matters…the student.