More Project Ideas For Teachers 6 to 10

Teaching Idea

"Why Am I?"
Jessica: Turns, Iowa

"For years, I had students write plain old biographies for years. There was very little critical thinking involved. They would pick a name and write away.

I devised a new method to make it more fun and challenge students. At the beginning of the project, I give students a picture of the person they will write the biography on. I also include to lesser-known facts about this person.

Students then have to construct a survey and have them administer it to people of different backgrounds, cultures, and academic levels. The survey simply asks, "Who is this person?" Based on their survey results, students compile a list of 5 people they suspect it must be. Students must then present evidence that they know who this person is.

In the second part of the project, they are given two lesser-known facts about their subject. They then must compose a conclusive evidence-based essay revealing the identity of their subject.

I do this project early in the course. Later in the year, I do a follow-up project where students set up the same project for students who will be taking the course next semester. I credit each student for compiling this information and it becomes a real competition."

Teaching Idea

"Finger Communication"
Jim Jones, Teacher

"Rather than having students raise their hands and wait for me to call upon them to see what they want, I use a different approach. If a student raises one finger, we both know he/she wants to sharpen a pencil. Two fingers means he/she wants to turn in a paper. A teacher can come up with his/her own ideas for more signals."

Teaching Idea

"Icing Sugar For Decorating Cakes"
Adept, Home School Teacher: Australia

Ingredients: Icing sugar mix, Water, Food Coloring

Method: Mix icing sugar with a little bit of water to form a running substance, not too runny though. Add food coloring to suit. To harden put in the fridge to cool.

Teaching Idea

"Let's make playdough!"
Adept, Home School Teacher: Australia

This is the very, very best recipe for play dough that I have ever found! I hope you love it as much as my children and I do.

Ingredients: 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of salt, 1 tablespoon of oil, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar food coloring

Method: Mix it all up in a saucepan. Heat and stir over a hot plate until the playdough has thickened and leaves the side of the saucepan. Turn out onto a bread board to cool.

Preserving: Place into a plastic lunch bag and store in the fridge. If you do this, it will increase the life of the playdough dramatically.

Teaching Idea

"Recipes Are Not Just for Cooking"
All Grades

There are a number of things you can accomplish by using recipes. Kids could learn about foods from all over the world and gain an appreciation for different customs and traditions. Skills such as measuring quantities or amounts of ingredients, the mixing of ingredients and chemical changes that occur, or the content of food and the caloric index. Kids love to eat what they prepare. It is easy enough to obtain a cooking element to heat food or you can prepare the food ahead of time and tell the students what you had to do to get to that final product that they can enjoy eating.

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