Sunday, February 16, 2014

America's Most Wanted: Element Posters




We've wrapped up our atom/element unit with Wanted Posters. They turned out great! This is the second year in a row I've had my kids work on this activity and they absolutely love it. I also think it is a great way to make what can be a difficult concept/topic a little more meaningful and easier to grasp.

I had each student choose an element that they were interested in researching. I told them to choose carefully because they would also be constructing a 3-D model of an atom using the same element (you can check out their projects here). Which actually makes life easier for them, since they don't have to research two different elements. They become an expert on their chosen element.

I did have a few little "Word document study groups" during recess and lunch to help most of my students with the format. They've used Word to type their essays...but text boxes, inserting photos, adding color, etc. was a whole new ball game!

I love how each student entered the required information, but then made it their own. I love the Radium poster with the little box on the bottom that says "If you have any information contact:xxxxx." Most added rewards, love their creativity.

The icing on the cake, was the next day when they saw the impromptu bulletin board I made on the outside wall in our hallway. They were beyond excited...pointing out to each other which poster was theirs! Don't you just love that?! ?!

Once I figure out how to get Google Docs going, I will link a copy of the directions and rough draft student copy for the project. In the meantime, if you are interested and want a copy, give me your email address and I will send it to ya!


                    



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25 comments:

  1. This is GREAT! How fun! I would love to try this with my students. Thanks for the pictures!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  2. The posters look fantastic, so impressed!

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  3. I would love a copy of this. Thanks!

    Karen.king@hazelparkschools.org

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  4. These are so great! I love the way your kids really engaged with the project & made each show their personality. I would love a copy. (kirby.decker@yahoo.com)

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    1. Thanks Kirby! I just sent you the files. :)

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  5. This is a wonderful project! I would LOVE to try this with my students. Thank you for your generosity in sharing it.
    teachersdesk@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks! I sent the documents. Have fun!

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  6. This is fantastic!!! I REALLY want to do this with my students. Can you please send me a copy? Thank you.
    krishnamayidd@yahoo.com

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  7. I am always looking for ways to make the content engaging. This would be a great project for my class! Thanks for sharing.
    I would love a copy. sherriyoung08@gmail.com

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  8. What a fantastic idea! I would love to do this next year! jlynn22morr@gmail.com

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  9. What a fun way to research atoms! I would love a copy... Please send it to:

    sarahehanes@gmail.com

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  10. I love this!! Do you have copies of the student information? I'd love it if you are willing to share! We do elements in my room and I am always pressed to find a good project for them to do! My email is JBrowne34@gmail.com

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  11. I love these!!! I do 3d models but want to maybe do this alongside of it. Can you share your files with me as well??

    elizabeth.philbin@westernacademycharter.com

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  12. Wow, those projects came out really awesome! It looks like the kids were very creative and have fun with it. I would love to do this with my students. I would really appreciate it if you could send me the instructions for this and the 3D atoms. My email is lhanna611@gmail.com

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  13. This looks like an awesome project! Can you share the files with me?

    Thanks so much! hlux14@gmail.com

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  14. I would love this!

    aed7384@lausd.net

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  15. I would love a copy of the directions for my homeschool.
    meredith@jacob2.com

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  16. Awesome, I would like a copy. Please send to emiller@madisoned.org

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  17. I would love a copy! jennifer.sunstrom@gospoilers.org

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  18. I would love a copy of your directions for your wanted posters! Great idea! hannahledbetter@gmail.com

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