After last week's graphing activity, I discovered that a lot of my students do not enjoy social studies. To introduce social studies I broke my class into five groups. Each group was assigned one section to learn and then teach their classmates. The students worked together to read 1-2 pages from their social studies book. They then decided together what was the most important information in their section that their classmates needed to know. Once they established that, I had them create a poster on their topic.
When all the groups were finished they shared the posters with their classmates. They did a wonderful job teaching each other about the major social studies areas.
I love doing this activity because it lets me see which kids take the lead when it comes to group projects, who sits back and attempts to let others do the work, who is comfortable talking in front of the entire class, and it gives me an overall feel of how they behave in groups. I'm pleased to say this group of kiddos did a spectacular job!
What do you do to make your classroom an interactive place?
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