For this challenging activity, students had to work collaboratively to plan, budget, and research important places to visit during a 5,000 mile-long journey across the United States. The students had to budget for food, lodging, sites, driving, and gas. They had to plan a route that would enable them to visit at least 20 states as they drove from Springfield, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California. The activity also involved a presentation, during which each group had to present their trip to the rest of the class. This activity required the students to apply a wide range of skills in areas like math, research, map reading and geography, as well as public speaking. They seemed to really enjoy this very practical, real-world challenge!
This annual activity and competition allows students the opportunity to become experts on a specific state in the United States. The students conduct focused research using the internet and library resources. They must then record a series of facts to present to the class as real-estate agents. Their ultimate goal is to convince Mr. A to move to their state by proviiding the kinds of facts that will best fit the needs of me and my family. This activity requires them to learn and apply research and note-taking skills as well as oral speaking and presentation skills. We are currently entering the championship round of this competition, for which there is a prize at the very end!
For this activity, the Grade 3 students became the teachers of a classroom with 20 students. They had to order supplies and keep track of their spending, and they had a budget of $25,000. The students also had to design a blueprint for their perfect classroom. This activity involved many skills around mathematics, collaboration, organization, and creative thinking. The students were all very engaged from start to finish!