Even with standardized testing LOOMING…or maybe because of it…we took some time for Genius Hour last week. My students work so hard on their projects; let me share some with you.
When a student moved, this student took over his volcano project:
Next, another boy is writing his own guide to surviving Minecraft. We hope to get it published online somewhere.
This student is half a partnership that is planning a school-wide paper airplane contest:
Another girl wanted to learn more about traditional Native Alaskan housing and is finishing up the interior of a sod dwelling:
This project has been the most difficult to keep moving, my rose gardener. She’s working on her final poster now:
These are her roses:
(I trust you see her frustration.)
After studying salmon, this fourth grader made a life-sized three-dimensional model. He used finger paint and said it had been a while since a teacher let him do that.
He’s created a collage to mail to his favorite ball player, in hopes of an autograph:
She’ll have a Barbie dollhouse when she’s finished:
And soon, this will be a model of Jupiter:
I love Genius Hour because I see my students as creators. We get that sometimes in our other Language Arts work each day, but this hour is when they shine.