|This particular photo was taken on a class reward day: Pajama-Stuffed-Animal-Crazy-Hair-Hat Day!|
Before students started their research, I put up a passage about dust storms on the Smartboard (from readworks.org of course) and modeled taking notes.
I created this model of a final poster to give them an idea of what I was looking for. Students "turned and talked" about what made the poster successful. Using their observations, we made a list of criteria for grading the posters.
We also made a list of presentation tips. As I shared my poster, I modeled making eye contact with the audience, speaking clearly at an appropriate volume, not rushing, and not being silly.
The students have had so much fun doing their research and assembling their posters. I've enjoyed being able to circulate around and see which students took the lead. Sometimes, leadership qualities will show up where you least expect them!
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