In the past, I had the students make these fabulous colony "balloons". They enjoyed working together to research and create the project. But this year, I wanted to do something different and with the availability of the chrome books in our school, I decided that we could use the Google Suite to make the research a bit easier for all. (however, ALL of this project can be done without computers. Books and paper will work JUST as well...so don't stop reading if you don't have access to computers!!)
lo-tech version if you want your kids to just research and write it on paper. Once the sheet was created, I shared it with the two or three students who would be researching that particular colony. Then, each of them (and I) had access to the document. During our first computer lab session, the kids opened their Google Drive and it was there. They just started researching and filling in the doc. They also had actual books from our library to add to the research as well, so not everything was done via the internet.
Once that was completed, I went home and used the "Save as Doc" add-on and created a word doc from their research. This I was able to print out and give to the kids (since we don't have unlimited access to the chrome books and I wanted them to be able to work anytime, we had to have a paper version of the document.)
|The mock up before actually painting on the wall.|
|You can see the students drawing the pictures for the colony.|
|Students painted the colony (that they freehand drew) and then wrote facts about the colony graffiti style around it.|
|Kids then added the pictures using mod podge (you can see it is still wet here)|
|When all was said and done, the colonies had the facts and pictures on them. Everything was done without a template and freehand by the students.|
All in all, this project took about 3 weeks to complete. This was because we don't have unlimited access to the technology, the painting took a while, and so did the drawing. The kids really took this entire project very seriously, but it just took a bit to complete. And now that it is done, I LOVE looking at it! The kids also love reading about the different colonies.
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