If you were looking for some collaborative projects to do with your students, I have some ideas to share with you:
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Project on the ClassroomBooktalkWiki
Get involved in a collaborative writing process regarding the book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. This book is a series of pages with a title and one line from different books. The children will be writing the story that goes along with each page of the book, creating their own versions. Visit the site for more details.
On World Maths Day, March 5th, 2008, students can play against each other at mental arithmetic games. The questions can be leveled for grade and ability levels. Can your class help them meet the goal of solving 50 million problems?
The “What could it mean?” VoiceThread Project is looking for classes to collaborate with from all around the world. * There are several ways you can collaborate on this project
- Contribute one image from YOUR country depicting a unique tradition, typical custom, distinctive perspectives, routines, habits and practices. Remember what might be familiar to you…can be strange, exotic and a bizarre practice to someone else on our planet. The image should be able to start a conversation in your own class and raise awareness that “others” might not see the same thing or understand its meaning the way we do in our own country. How can you contribute an image?
- You and your students can look at the contributed images from around the world and come up with your own interpretation of “What Could it Mean?
- Have your students record an audio or text comments on the voicethread with their ideas what it could mean.How to leave an audio or text comment on VoiceThread?
Students around the United States and other countries will collect samples from local ponds to answer the question: Are the organisms found in pond water the same all over the world? Students will:
- Identify organisms in a water sample.
- Compare their findings with other participating classes.
- Determine which, if any, of the organisms are the same in other, more distant water sources.
- Look for relationships and trends in the data collected by all project participants.
Go out and play! Let us know what projects you enjoyed doing with your class or if you have any other collaborative projects to share.