Recently I have begun to incorporate projects more and more into my classroom. The latest was ‘Shop ‘Til You Drop’. This activity gave students real-world experience adding and subtracting decimals (This is a 5th grade Common Core Standard – NBT.7). It also incorporates 4 other Common Core Standards. It was a project that my partner teacher found online. And like any good teacher, I have had time to reflect on the project; take note of what went well, and what I will do differently next time.
What went well:
- Students begged to work on the project.
- Students took the assignment seriously.
- Students asked for help with subtracting across zeros – I need to go back and reteach.
- Students helped one another solve problems and find gifts.
- Many quality presentations were made.
- Many students viewed their project on the TV, seeking feedback.
- Students took feedback and made adjustments – even after their presentation was given.
- Templates were used and modified.
Things that need improving:
- Work space on paper (just to make sure they’re not using a calculator).
- Rubric/Scale that fits my needs – Marzano based.
- Give more time. Took longer than I anticipated.
- Ask what student would do with left over money. While some volunteered this information, many did not. It wasn’t something that I thought about until one student shared her thoughts – she wanted to donate the rest to a charity.
And because I am a firm believer in sharing, here is the lesson – templates included. I have included the NETS-S as well. Feel free to share, modify, and use.