Testing is over! The end of the year is near...but...it's not quite over yet. What do you do with a bunch of secondary science students who are mentally struggling to stay engaged in the month of May?
My own six year old son brought home a Flat Stanley project last year and we fell in love with the books. Did you know it's a series? There's more to that squashed little guy than you originally learned in grade school. He becomes a kite, saves his brother on a camping trip, bakes...who knew?!
Last summer, I decided that I wanted my middle school students to participate in a Flat Stanley-like project. I struggled with it for awhile though because I knew that I'd have those students who either wouldn't complete the assignment on their own or didn't have a way to complete it at home. So, I decided to make the entire project an in-class, researched based activity. My lesson plans were now complete for the dreaded AFTER TESTING PERIOD. (insert scary movie music here)
I purchased a 3-prong folder for every student, laid out some magazines, construction paper, and other craft supplies, and allowed the crafting chaos to begin. This is how I led the project:
My students organized all their work in a 3-prong folder. Most students chose to display their work in page protectors and some just hole punched their papers. The project as a whole turned out better than expected. My students worked so hard on the assignment. They liked being able to work at their own pace but accomplish certain success criteria each day as the project progressed. Click HERE to get your copy of everything you'd need to do this project in your classroom!