Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fortune Teller Project

This week I have my students working on fortune tellers for each of our units that we have completed (weather, astronomy, light/magnets/electricity, organisms and their environment).

I am not sure all the other teachers are happy now that all the fourth grade know how to make them :)

I taped a quart size baggie in each of the notebooks to put them all in.

This was an "end of year" project but could easily be done at the end of each unit. I used the largest paper I could get from the art room (stay away from construction paper becomes too bulky for the notebooks...the closer you can stay to regular weight paper the better).
Students had to come up with eight questions and answers related to the unit (using their notebook to come up with questions). They had to illustrate and color. Aside from the initial instruction this was a largely independent project (I played some Kidz Bop CD's in class while they worked) done over five days (one day for each fortune teller and a makeup day if needed). I thought if I did this at the end of a unit that I might have students pair up for a minute to answer each others questions and then have them switch partners so that they get a chance to move around and review.
This project was run concurrent with the ABC and Decoupage project.


Ginger Snaps said...

That is a really cute idea.

Lisa Mandina said...

New follower. I teach 7th graders. Just curious as to how they decide what to put on the 4 outside flaps? I'm thinking to do this with my Electricity unit I'm finishing, and maybe next week before winter break as a fun review activity. ANy help would be awesome! Over my winter break I'm going to be looking through your note booking stuff, as I've been trying to do an interactive notebook this past year! Great blog!

Eve Heaton said...

Thank you Lisa for following my blog! I had students put vocabulary terms on the outside of the flaps. So when a child picks that particular flap the person operating the fortune teller would have to spell it when they went through the motions of opening and closing the fortune teller (does that make sense?).

Caroline Varner said...

This is such a great idea! I had my fifth & fourth grade students create one today for science :) Thanks for the inspiration.