Chapter Challenge Junior, 2012 – 2013, revised 7/12 Copyright 2010, S. Burkhart
A set of projects will accompany every chapter. The projects will remain the same, but will change according to the topic of the chapter. The goal for each is to DEEPEN AND ENHANCE our knowledge of chapter related information, not rehash stuff we already know. The internet is your best tool to help find ideas to fulfill your card requirements using a topic RELATED to the chapter! You will draw a card for each chapter study and complete the related project it describes. All projects should include applicable citation when necessary. Each should require about 2 – 4 hours prep. The chapter cards are as follows.
1. SCIENTIFIC DRESS UP! Pretend to be a scientist related to the chapter and give a talk on your life, explaining your contributions to the topic. Note cards with bullets only – no reading!!
2. ARTSY PANTS! Create an artistic rendering of some aspect of the chapter using sculpture, photography, sketches or another art form and explain what it is and how it works.
2. ARTSY PANTS! You’re not seeing double… there are 2 of these cards!
3. DEMONSTRATOR DIVA/DIVO! Design and carry out a demonstration that illustrates some theory, law, or aspect of the chapter. (Think about pulling a tablecloth from under dishes – Newton’s first law.)
4. CONSTRUCTION FOREPERSON! Construct and display a 3-D model that relates to the chapter, then explain what it is and how it works.
4. CONSTRUCTION FOREPERSON! Let’s do this fun one again!
5. DOCTOR OF FUN! Construct a game involving details and ideas involving the chapter information.
6. CHEF SURPRISE! Guide the class in creating a multi-step food item related to the current chapter.
7. HEADS UP! FOLD YOUR OWN paper hats for everyone in the class (and me) with an artistically drawn picture of the major definitions in the chapter. The peanut gallery matches their picture to the slip of paper with the correct definition and wears their hats all day long.
8. WILD CARD! You decide what you want to create from the chapter, just don’t duplicate what someone else is doing!
9. STORYTELLER! Summarize in depth, a current (within 3 months) news article on the chapter topic. Then give the peanut gallery 7 questions on your summary to see who’s paying attention. Oh and bring prizes for the winners that relate to the chapter.
10. APPSOLUTELY TECHIFYING! Just like every good cell phone has apps, you’re in charge of creating 3 of your own that solve problems related to the chapter! You’ll need poster board for this!
11. REALITY SHOW STAR! Videotape yourself carrying out AND explaining one of the concepts in the chapter.
12. THE POWER OF THE POINT! Make your own power point or presentation of any kind that uses technology for something related to the chapter.
13. TECHTASTIC! Your creativity gets a turn to flex its muscles and you produce an article on 4 of the best CHAPTER CHALLENGES presented for the chapter. You’ll then post it on my blog!
GENERAL RULES: THE PROJECT YOU DECIDE ON MUST NOT ALREADY BE PART OF NEITHER THE CHAPTER LABS NOR DEMONSTRATIONS. YOU WILL BE GIVEN A NUMERICAL GRADE AND WILL RECEIVE A ZERO FOR NO PROJECT PLAN. SHOULD YOU CREATE WRITTEN MATERIAL FOR YOUR PRESENTATION OR CLASSMATES, I SHOULD GET A COPY. THERE IS NEVER ANY READING ALOUD – ONLY BULLETED NOTECARDS! RUBRICS FOR EACH PROJECT ARE AS FOLLOWS:
CHAPTER CHALLENGE JUNIOR RUBRICS revised 7/12
1. SCIENTIFIC DRESS-UP (15 mins)
_____student adequately portrays physical characteristics, dress of scientist related to chapter study
_____gives a 6-minute talk on scientist’s personal history and contributions to science including interesting life facts using NOTE CARDS with bullets and light notes, NO READING
_____student can respond to teacher’s questions regarding scientist’s life and general related information
_____pictures (2) of scientist for each student and teacher (a relevant item may be substituted for 1 of the pics)
_____demonstrates appropriate public speaking techniques (clarity, attention, correct pronunciation and projection, minimal swaying/distraction)
2. ARTSY PANTS (5 mins)
_____student demonstrates some concept of chapter that shows initiative/ingenuity and involves some form of art, not just a picture!
_____employs an interesting method w/which to convey info, is colorful unless otherwise required
_____project large enough for whole class to view from front of room
_____short explanation is well planned and professional (NO READING)
_____presents some new information related to chapter, but with new details
3. DEMONSTRATOR DIVA/DIVO (15 mins)
_____student has brought all necessary items for demo
_____demo shows an important concept/idea related to chapter
_____demo works correctly
_____explanation is well organized and professional (NO READING)
4. CONSTRUCTION FOREPERSON (5 mins)
_____student creates a 3-D project that demonstrates some aspect of the chapter using initiative/ingenuity
_____project operates correctly, is accurate and appears sturdy
_____project reflects a concept/idea that is portrayed within grade level
_____explanation appears well planned, professional (NO READING)
5. DOCTOR OF FUN (15 mins)
_____student creates a learning game demonstrating some aspect of chapter that is engaging and shows INITIATIVE
_____necessary materials provided, including written playing instructions for all involved
_____neat, grammatically correct, accurate, well though-out, including adequate rule clarification
_____game on grade level and involves all class members at once
6. CHEF SURPRISE (15 mins)
_____student guides class in creating a topic-related model from something within the chapter using food that represents a logical choice for final product
_____item produced involves a multi-step process, using multiple food items and is complicated enough for grade level
_____ALL ITEMS USED ARE KOSHER AND PREAPPROVED BY MRS. B AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE PERFORMANCE (if possible), student arranges presentation with meat and dairy rules in mind
_____all students provided clear written instruction
_____less than $15 total materials; reasonably healthy food used (frosting is exception)
7. HEADS UP! (10 mins)
_____A set of paper hats with pics only produced for every student/teacher in class, each displaying a picture that matches a definition
_____an individual slip of paper containing a concise definition for each hat included
_____handwriting is neat and project reflects pride in production
_____ all hat pics appear HAND-DRAWN and make sense w/ regard to definition
8. WILD CARD! (15 mins)
_____student employs method NOT used by another student during chapter _____portrays concept or idea related to chapter, w/ written instruction if needed _____professional carryout and orderly presentation, showing initiative/ingenuity _____all verbal portions professional, with minimal distraction (NO READING) _____deepens and enhances knowledge without rehashing
9. STORYTELLER (15 mins)
_____student uses a current news article on topic providing a detailed summary w/ copy of original article provided for TEACHER, 5 mins. minimum
_____info presented is well-organized, interestingly presented and detailed enough to be understood, includes article title, author, source
_____student uses a poster with PRINTED OR DRAWN info to supplement summary, clearly labeled and relating directly to article
_____a verbal competition quiz with 7 minimum questions, chapter related prizes provided for winners (no technical questions, only broad info)
10. APPSOLUTELY TECHIFYING (15 minutes)
_____student creates a set of three (3) app pictures and descriptions that solve 3 problems or address 3 (three) needs related to chapter
_____app on poster board, with 3 hand-drawn pictures depicting each app
_____full 100-word description included with each picture
_____verbal description of each is thorough but not read (note cards only)
_____project reflects pride, neatness, and shows imagination
11. REALITY SHOW STAR! (10 mins)
_____student produces a video carrying out and explaining a concept or idea related to the chapter
_____video shows ingenuity, quality and professional production
_____idea on grade level and presentation follows verbalization standards
_____CD works when called upon to present
12. THE POWER OF THE POINT (15 mins)
_____student produces a power point, Wix, or other technology-based presentation that discusses some idea RELATED to chapter study, but doesn’t rehash what’s already been covered
_____CD works when called upon to present; removed from computer unless otherwise instructed
_____well-developed, accurate, and grammatically correct
_____contains enough pics to generate interest
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13. TECHTASTIC (10 mins, ON YOUR OWN TIME)
_____student provides a written documentary on 4 Chapter Challenges presented during the chapter, each w/ a pic, posted on Mrs. Burkhart’s blog
_____printed copy issued to me befor posting containing word count for all 4
_____each report must include 100 words for each student presented and explain specific details about what the ideas presented in DETAIL
_____due day AFTER last CC presentation – NO LAST NAMES, EVER
_____camera obtained from teacher BEFORE first Chapter Challenge