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Breaking the ice

Our project: general information

The final outcome will be a poster in which you will tell something about the history of your family: your grandparents, some uncles, etc...  In order to be able to create the final product, you will surf and overcome different missions that will help you gain knowledge and acquire strategies.

This project will be worked in a collaborative way. There will be pair work, team work and individual work. This means that the knowledge will be created by the teacher's explanation, as well as self investigation and interaction among the partners. One of the best points in this project will be the possibility of inviting your family to the class in order you can investigate better about your family. 

It will be really important for the success to follow all the instructions given in each activity, using the net and the links as a source of information. Before starting with our project there are some points we must check.

Assessment

This project will be evaluated following this pattern:

  • Your teacher will evaluate the final product (last post in your blog) following the rubric to assess the general product. It will be 40% of the final score.
  • Your partners will carry out peer assessment and will grade your collaborative teamwork. It will be 20% of the final score. The students can generate the different levels or items to evaluate.
  • Students will self-evaluate the final product using the rubric. It will be 20% of the final score.
  • The final score will also include 20% for the teacher to evaluate how the students are involved in the project or tackle the different missions.

The 'Assesment rubric for the project: The history of my family'  will be our reference for the global project.

At the end of each mission your teacher will give you a badge through the website Class Badges. Let`s try and do our best!

Every mission will include a final task to consolidate all the learning. This final task will be assessed using the following rubrics:

Our personal blog

We will use a blog that works as your digital portfolio. Each of you must have his/her own blog. The tutorial 'How to start a blog on blogger' will help you to create the blog in a very easy way. The 'Rubric to assess blog posts' will help you do a great work on your blog:

Along the work you'll be asked to make some posts to share and present the works and activities you are doing. At the end of all of them you will be asked to design a final post with all the knowledge and products you will have come up with along this project.

All your posts in the blog will be identified with the tag "The history of my family".

This project is part of a group of projects. If you have learnt through the rest of these projects, use always the same blog. If you work only on this one, you must create one for your work.

Spread

It would be a pity if just the teacher, you and some of your partners enjoyed your final work and your blog. Why don't you use other ways to spread the word?

  • Send the blog link to your parents, friends... They will really like to know what you are doing at school.
  • Get a Twitter account for the class, it will be run by the teachers. Tweet what you want to publish promoting your final post and some of the works using the #projectfamily hashtag and create one with the name of your group (e.g. #iescedecgroupthekings). Remember: 140 characters including the link and the hashtag the class has decided on for this project. Because of your age the Twitter account will be run by your teachers, so you will write the tweet and then your teacher will recap all the class tweets in list.ly. The 'Rubric to asses a tweet'. 
    will help you create a good tweet.

Is everything clear? If we have any questions, we must ask our teacher (or our partners). Maybe we have suggestions to make our project and work more easy and more useful and, at the same time, more complete.

Who do you live with?

To start with this topic we are going to play and talk a bit with a classmate about our families and the people we live with.The document 'Family member. Who do you live with?' will help us with this task.

First of all we need to write down the questions. They are going to be content questions. Two websites will help us to learn about how to build the questions and the vocabulary about family that you will need. Let's have a look:

When we have the questions already written, we need to look for a partner and talk with him or her about the question. (Please remember to register the information into the chart). Then we will do a short oral information to introduce our mate to the rest of the class. The 'Rubric to asses an oral presentation'.

We can include our chart and the text of our oral presentation into our blog creating a post. (Don't forget to identify your post with the tag "The history of my family").

If we want, our teacher can spread your post using the Twitter account of the classroom. For that we have to write down the tweet for the teacher. Remember: 

  • We can use 140 characters.
  • Include the link to your post. 
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #projectfamily.

The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help us know how to do a great job. 

Before posting our text, we must ask our colleagues to check the work and make suggestions, corrections... We must do the same work with some of your mates' outcomes, too. Don't be afraid. Making mistakes is a good way to learn!

With this task we have learnt and deal with lots of vocabulary about family and also you have known a bit more about your classmates. 

Learning Diary

In this mission we are going to start creating your Learning Diary. It will help us reflect on what we are learning and most important: what the best way for learning is. 

We will open a Google Document or a text document or a space at our notebook with the title 'The history of my family'. This is going to be our 'Learning Diary'. We will reflect about our learning using the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for me to work with?
  • What do I think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects I did not understand?

Remember it would be great if we shared these feelings and thoughts with our classmates. We will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.