Prove It!

Today I realized that I have 398 pins on my Pinterest board for teaching. Some of those I have looked at and am saving to print out, but most of them are “to look at when I have time”.  And I’m sure I’m not the only one in that situation. But this blog is for things I have actually used in my classroom. Again, most of these were found somewhere in cyberland long before the mighty Pintrest arrived on the scene and I have adapted them to work in my room. Some are my own brainchildren. Here’s one I just started using last year and have had really great results!

Project #7: Design a magazine ad (obviously for the reproductive system). I love teaching sex. ed!

Project #7: Design a magazine ad (obviously for the reproductive system). I love teaching sex. ed!

I’m always looking for ways to make my students prove that they understand the content, not just that they have memorized facts and vocabulary. So for each of my anatomy & physiology units, they are required to turn in a capstone project. I give them a list of 10 to choose from (we usually cover 8 body systems) and they are not allowed to repeat a project. They are due on test day. It’s interesting to watch them pick what they think are the “easy ones” first and then panic at the end, even though they all require the same effort.

Project #1: Acrostic poem

Project #1: Acrostic poem

The illustration for skeletal acrostic poem

The illustration for skeletal acrostic poem

Project #5: Tee Shirt art... Do you get it?!

Project #5: Tee Shirt art… Do you get it?!

This list is a compilation of several mini project ideas I’ve seen and used throughout the years. These projects could easily be adapted to units other than the body systems.  Capstone Projects

Have ideas I could add to the list or ways to make it better? How do you make your kids “prove it”? Share in the comments!!