Since we do boxes in fourth grade, students bring in consumer boxes all the time. I also have people leave boxes in my school mailbox, or parents bring them in. We even had a parent from another class give us a polyhedron given to her. It was not made out of one piece of paper, but I sketched something out on how I would make it one from one piece. One student took up the challenge and using all of his problem-solving skills, figured it out on his own. He finished it today! WOW!
Fourth grade students just finished their Magnum Opus projects, which included months of research, a written summary, a well-designed presentation and a 8-15 minute speech! Yes, 8-15 minutes! They were impressive and showed a lot of heart and courage. Besides learning about their subject, students are required to design a dynamic presentation that can include a poster, slideshow, guest speakers, models, diaramas and other ideas.
© 2015 Peter J. Wilson
Peter Wilson teaches fourth grade at University Lake School, in Hartland, WI.