It was only a six-day project over the course of two weeks, but we are already at the end of our explanatory writing and demonstration speech mini-unit. The other fourth grade class has been doing the same thing, so today has been a day of demonstrations in both rooms. I got to sneak in during my plan time and listen to some of the speeches given in the other room, which was a lot of fun!
Through the course of the day, I got to see demonstrations on making rainbow loom rubber band bracelets, wrestling, writing novels, making paper airplanes, baking brownies, reading the book CDB, playing Pokemon, doing backflips, and making ice cream. Those giving the speeches did a great job of explaining the steps and showing us what to do, how to do it, and why we should want to do it. Those listening were wonderful audience members, asking questions when they did not understand, making connections between the comments of others, identifying points being made by the speaker, and following the agreed upon rules for discussion. These are all standards we expect our students to master but, more importantly, they are all life skills that all people should have in order to function well in our society!
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get through all of the speeches today, so those students who did not present today will get to do so on Monday. It has been wonderful seeing what amazing talents my students have! Even though this project was very short, I feel like it was a wonderful way to wrap up the last week before a long break. Once we get back on Monday, we start the final push to the end of the year! I can hardly believe that we are just seven and a half weeks away! We are going to be working hard each day, that’s for sure, but we also have a lot of fun projects in the works!