Aim: Students will gain experience in presenting information
Goal: The children will be encouraged to incorporate
interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, linguistic and logical-mathematic
skills into their individual projects.
Objective: By using their strengths, students will
present the alphabet letters to two groups by using interpersonal and communication
Note: This lesson plan will involve a concept called
"buddy teaching" in which fifth graders are paired with first
graders and become teachers. The aim for this lesson are to develop beginning
skills for presenting information to groups. I wanted the subject matter
to be already known to the children so that this project would not be too
much of a challenge that they would be turned off from public speaking
for life. (I had a fifth grade teacher who made me do a speech on hippopotamuses
and I hate speaking in front of the class to this day in fear of my classmates
asking me a question to which I do not know the answer.) I thought this
might be a good project for the beginning of the year to get to know the
interests of the individuals in my classroom and also, by giving a problem
solving assignment, I would not set boundaries and could get an idea of
the levels of achievement by letting them be creative.
Statement: The class will teach Ms._______'s first grade class the letters of the alphabet. This will be
an eight week long project. The alphabet can be presented in many different
ways. Try to use something you are good at or enjoy doing a lot to help
teach the first graders in a fun way. You may choose a theme and explore
words starting with each letter, or make a book, or act out the letters,
or make objects, or find things around school and use letter cards. Your
possibilities are endless. Have fun with this assignment. If you have any
questions, ask me after you have read the rest of the page.
- Projects Musts:
- Include all letters of the alphabet.
- Be appropriate for school.
- Be able to be presented in twenty minutes or less.
- Be original by using your strengths.
- Be completed by the end of the third week.
- All materials in the art room will be available for
- Other materials like overhead transparencies, cassette
tapes, VHS tapes, or others may be made available upon request.
- All students must sign up on a my sign up sheet for
the dates available to present their alphabet.
- Students will be required to meet with me three day
before their presentation.
- Students are required to work in self selected groups
of two or three, unless they talk to me about why they want to work alone.
Practice sessions will be video-tapes in order to facilitate this process.
- Two days before your presentation day, a practice
round will be performed in front of our fifth grade class to share your
talents with your classmates and get extra practice before teaching the
- Interpersonal skills
- Communication skills
- Letter recognition
Peer and self
evaluations will be given after each practice round. Students will be required
to self-evaluate after their presentations to the first graders.
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