Well I am always a bit behind but I thought it might be time to report on the Ancient Egypt projects. I think Alanna, the famous teacher librarian may have done it with the seventh graders while I had the sixth graders my first year. I think we did it together the second year. I think Lois, our next teacher-librarian and former gifted consultant did it with the seventh graders last year, and this year I did it with the class as they had just finished an Early Man project with our teacher-librarian and our library is a busy place.
The project itself is one of Alanna's and my combined efforts. She got the great idea of giving a fake check to the best presenters at the world conference. I am going to post the project as a page here if you would like to make use of it.
And I will share a few pictures here. The students presented to the class and each person had to evaluate eight projects (this keeps them tuned in). I wanted the kids to experience presenting to a whole audience. They got cut off after five minutes unless it was really interesting! A couple of days later they were able to present to small groups of students from other classes.
I have to admit that the projects were generally good, they were not necessarily "knocking my socks" off quite the way they did two years ago but I think I have become a bit jaded by their use of technology. I also don't have quite the extroverts I had in that particular class. I am pondering.
Right now we are taking a dip into Ancient India but no really big projects just smaller ones where I am really checking their note taking and referencing. They had to pick a topic and find ten important facts they learned and reference where they got their information. We are also back using the text more. I discovered I needed to review a bit about climate as they compared New Delhi to Kabul. Anyway also a learning experience in our classroom!