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1.  Getting Started

Instructional Time: 20 minutes

Go over Multimedia Project Rubric.
Show (overhead, chart or other) list of Human Body Systems that students will be learning about. Choose enough systems to ensure groups of 4. Ask students write their name at the top of a half sheet and put three system choices that they would be interested in learning more about.  They should also explain what their strengths are and how they will contribute to the team.

Take the information and form groups based on interest and ability.

2.  Introduction to Note-taking and Group Meetings

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 2 days

Day 1
Go over the individual note-taking sheet that students will use as they conduct their research. Go over the individual note-taking rubric that students will use for each group meeting.  Choose a reading selection about photosynthesis or another plant system to read together as you demonstrate taking notes on an overhead of the "individual note-taking template".

Find 4 samples of reading selections about plant systems (see Plant Systems Resources pg). Have students practice taking notes as they read their selection. Each member in a group of 4 should have a different reading selection.

Day 2
After students have had time to complete the reading and note-taking invite 4 people to come forward to conduct a modle group discussion. Go over the job descriptions for group meetings and  group meeting guide.  Each person will have completed a different reading selection. Go over jobs for each group member.

3.  Individual Research and Group Meetings

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 2 days each week for 2 weeks.

Depending on your schedual students can either do the individual research and note-taking for the group meetings in class or for homework. Groups should meet 4 times during the next 2 weeks.

Students should choose a new resource to use for their research as they prepare for each group meeting. They may use more than one resource for each meeting. They may use a resource that another group member has already used. Resources include: books, web sites, encyclopedias, periodicals and experts.

Students should keep all of their notes in their science notebook or folder. Group planning sheets and resource notes should be kept in a designated spot in the classroom.

Students should rotate jobs for each meeting.

As groups are meeting, Teacher should circulate and take notes about individual and group progress.

After groups complete each meeting, students should complete note-taking rubric.

4.  Planning Project

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 3 days

Students work in groups to plan the lay out of their PowerPoint project. They then work individually to plan their portion of the project. Finally they meet to share their portion with the group and get and give feedback.

5.  PowerPoint

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 5 days

This step may take longer depending on the availability of computers.

Students will work with their group to compose the PowerPoint project. They must get the content of the project approved by the teacher before they begin to work on the design (color, sound, etc...) for the project.

6.  Presentations

Instructional Time: 1 hour a day for 5 days

Students will Present their PowerPoint projects to the class.

Sudents can also share these projects with parents at Open House.

Learning Objectives
Timeline and Activities Standards
Student Guide
Sample Projects
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