|Andrew and me on our honeymoon to Kaua`i|
|Finished book report projects|
|Each child's Case File|
There were four job roles- Chief Investigator, Sketch Artist, Clue Reporter, and Suspect Reporter. I introduced one role a day by first having a class discussion on what the job sounded like. Then I did a read aloud and modeled the job before having the students all practice it on their own. The Sketch Artist drew a picture of a small moment from the reading and included a caption. The Clue Reporter wrote down any clues or details that helped the story make sense that day. The Suspect Reporter wrote down details about all the different characters and/or suspects and focused on things that made that character unique. Chief Investigator had two jobs; the first was to write a summary of the reading that day and the second was to be the discussion leader for their group and report to the class. We practiced this role a lot- how to be a good group leader, what kinds of questions to ask, etc. I was really impressed with how well the kids did with the group work, and I credit the fact that I took the time to explicitly teach discussion and good leader behavior.
|Daily set up including question of the day|
|Hard at work on their poster|
|More great teamwork!|
|A sample of a middle level group|
|My highest group's poster|
|My lowest group- the typed section was a modification for a student |
who needed a little extra help, so he was able to orally dictate his summary as I typed.
This was a really fun project and I'm so glad it turned out so well!