Classroom projects that help to round out units and information

Reciprocal Teaching

  1. Finish the assignment. Choose one topic that interests you the most.
  2. You will be teaching this topic to your group. Write down three things about this topic that you want other people to learn.
  3. Figure out how you would like to teach each of the three things. Include at least one activity, one foldable and one graphical organizer (you can use this book!).
  4. Come up with three questions: one multiple choice, one true/false and one short answer. You will ask these questions after the lesson.
  5. Prepare your lesson, then present your lesson one by one to the other members of the group.
  6. Ask the questions and collect your answers.


Your team will be graded as a whole. This means that you will be as strong as your weakest link. Be sure that you work together so that all members of your team have an adequate background of the positions and arguments that you will be proposing.

  1. There will be an opening statement made by your team. This should be 3-5 minutes long and should state your team’s position and the arguments/solutions you will be proposing.

Responsible Members: ____________________________

  1. You should have at least 15 questions that can be asked of each of your 3 opponents. These should be on separate sheets of paper or on notecards for easy reference. The questions should be specifically directed to your opponents and should be concise and clear.

Responsible Members: ____________________________

  1. You should have answers prepared which will be used to respond to your opponents questions. Imagine that you are from the other teams and determine what questions may be asked of your team.

Responsible Members: ____________________________

  1. You should have a final concluding argument/statement drawn up which will be written at the end of your debate. This should be no longer than 7 minutes. You should take notes during the entire debate so that you may refer to these in your final presentation of your team’s views.

Responsible Members: ____________________________

When you have determined who will be responsible for each portion of your team’s debate, it is up to you to prepare yourself for the challenge that lies ahead. Only one team will win this debate. The winning team will:

  • have a solid background regarding all material
  • have plenty of evidence to back up claims
  • use teamwork to teach all in group the important concepts behind specific positions
  • be creative/out-smart opponents
  • outclass opponents/never give an answer of “uh….”

Create a Game

  1. Choose a chapter or unit for your game. What is it?
  2. Choose a type of game to use as a model for your game. Your game can be very different than an existing game, but you need to have a good starting point. What is the game that you chose?
  3. Figure out the following aspects of your game:
    1. How do people win the game? When time expires, when a certain point total is reached, or something else?
    2. How do you keep track of who is winning? Is it by using money, points, position on a game board, or something else?
    3. How do people show their science knowledge in the game?
  4. Submit a plan with all of these answers to your teacher!

Newspaper Article

  1. Write a 2-3 paragraph long newspaper article suitable for the school newspaper about the assigned science concept or topic.
  2. The article must contain the H5W (How, Who, What, When, Where, Why) about the concept.
  3. The article must have at least two interesting facts people could use in common day conversations.
  4. There must be a graphic or illustration representing the concept being applied.
  5. There must be a caption of 2-3 sentences explaining the graphic.

Acrostic Poem

Halloween is dark and gloomy,

And a scary trick or treat,

Lots of children scaring adults,

Lovely costumes to wear,

On the table a scary pumpkin,

White ghosts all round,

Eek a witch by a cauldron,

Enough of all the costumes, they are scary,

Night time is scary on Halloween.

By Becky.

  1. Also called a name poem, this uses a word for its subject. Then each line of the poem begins with a letter from the subject word. This type of poetry doesn’t have to rhyme.
  2. The assigned term or word is written vertically (up and down).
  3. Words, terms and concepts related to the term are written horizontally (back and forth) off the letter in the vertical term.
  4. An illustration representing the term or word must follow the acrostic poem.
  5. Write 3-5 sentences explaining how the horizontal words and terms AND the illustration fit the vertical term or word.

Fable Assignment

  1. A fable is a short story with a moral or point to the story, generally 2-3 paragraphs in length.
  2. The key concept or vocab assigned in class must be used in the fable and highlighted.
  3. The moral or point to the story is added after the last paragraph.
  4. After the moral or point to the story is stated, there must be an illustration showing the key concept.
  5. After the illustration there must be an explanation of how the story, moral/point and illustration shows the assigned science concept or principle.

Designing a Web Site / Magazine Ad

  1. Design a magazine ad on one of the assigned concepts.
  2. The ad is for a favorite magazine or web site. The standard header or footer of the magazine / web site must be placed above or below the ad.
  3. The ad must be no more than a half page in length and use a minimum of four colors.
  4. There must be at least one paragraph of claims or selling points on the ad.
  5. Below the ad, use at least three paragraphs to explain why the magazine was selected, how the artwork gets across the concept and why the claims of selling points help explain the importance or develop the understanding of the concept.

Song or Rap

  1. The song must use the assigned vocabulary or concepts.
  2. Use a song or tune familiar to you. Change the lyrics of the original song to demonstrate the concept and use the vocabulary. Remember: when presenting the song, be prepared to sing/play it loud.
  3. There must be an illustration showing an understanding of the assigned topic and concepts.
  4. There must be a 2-3 paragraph explanation after the song and illustration to explain how each covers and demonstrates the assigned concept and vocabulary.

Radio Commercial

  1. Write a 30-second radio commercial advertising the assigned concepts or vocabulary terms.
  2. The one idea or concept considered to be the most important should be the main message of the commercial.
  3. The ad must use at least 5 vocab terms or phrases from the current unit.
  4. Each vocab term or phrase must be highlighted.
  5. A description of any sound effects or music that would accompany the commercial may be listed in parenthesis and highlighted inside the body of the commercial.
  6. An illustration showing a printed ad to accompany the radio campaign must be drawn.
  7. An explanation of how both the radio ad and the printed ad meet the key points of the assignment must be written. Write at least one paragraph about each type of advertisement.

Big 6 Research Assignment Organizer

Task Definition

  1. Determine a purpose and need for information – What am I supposed to do?
  2. What information do I need in order to do this? (Consider listing in question form)
  3. You will most likely find interesting additional information as you use the resources. List below information that you feel you need to know at this time.

Information Seeking Strategies

  1. Examine alternative approaches to acquiring information. List the best sources to find this information. Don’t forget traditional print and human sources as appropriate. If using web sites, they will be evaluated for relevancy, accuracy and authority.

Location & Access

  1. Locate sources and access the information within them – Where would I locate these sources? (school library, public library, etc.) If using an internet search engine, list likely key words.

Use of Information

  1. Use a source to gain information – How will you record the information that you find?
  2. How will you give credit to your sources? You can use for example.


  1. Integrate information from a variety of sources – How will you show your results? (paper, oral presentation, collage, poster board display, PowerPoint presentation, brochure, skit, news broadcast, handout, newsletter, etc.)
  2. How will you give credit to your sources in your final product or performance?
  3. List the materials that you will need for your presentation or performance.
  4. How much time do you think it will take to find the information and create the product?
  5. Create a timeline for the assignment:
    1. Ideas for projects completed by: ____________
    2. Information searching (note taking) completed by: ________
    3. First draft due: _________
    4. Completed assignment due: _________
  6. Include here any additional information needed to successfully complete the assignment.


  1. Before turning in your assignment, you need to be able to check off all of these items:
    1. What was created to finish the assignment is appropriate for what I was supposed to do in the Task Definition
    2. The information I found in Use of Information matches the information needed in the Task Definition
    3. Credit is given to my sources, written in standard citation formations
    4. You are in compliance of copyright laws and fair use guidelines
    5. The work is neat
    6. The work is complete
    7. You would be proud for anyone to view this work