|Million Dollar Project|
|Overview||Dear Fifth Grade Students and Parents,
Attached are the instructions for an independent home project that will take one month. One of the requirements of the Extended Learning Program is an independent project and the Everyday Math Program includes an excellent one that extends on what the students are learning in math. I have included a calendar to help with planning and completing the project. I will also send home weekly reminders on flyers and e-mail. The projects will be presented in class and at the Project Fair in May.
Please spend some time brainstorming with your child about ideas for projects. Most of these fifth graders participated in Future Problem Solving and this is an ideal project to which to apply the process. I have added two requirements. First is that the $1,000,000 project must benefit the community in some way, people other than just the student's family and friends, as an extension of the usual project. This should encourage some discussion and research on how the student could have a positive impact. A list of some previous projects is attached. However, whatever project the student chooses should fit the resources you have available in terms of time and materials. Since this is an independent project, please limit your assistance as much as possible to logistical and advisory help and proofreading.
The second requirement is that the student interview an expert about their project and include the questions they asked and the responses they got. I encourage the student to make the arrangements, perhaps with a phone call from a parent to smooth the way and reassure local merchants or state employees that the request is legitimate. I would be happy to provide written proof of the assignment or make a phone call if needed.
Three dimensional models are welcome, but not required. Charts, graphs, diagrams, artwork, photographs, and videos are all excellent ways to extend on the basic project. In order to meet the standards, the instructions and paperwork attached must be completed as written. Please E-mail or call with any questions. Most fifth grade Extended Learning students across the district are participating in this exciting project, and I'm glad that Riverbend Students have the opportunity to do this meaningful project.
|Some Previous Project Topics||Animal Wildlife Center
Artificial Turf Soccer Field
Douglas Community Center
Eaglecrest Lodge Addition
Education Program on Family Abuse
High-Tech Computers for School
Laser Tag Arena
Medivac Plane to Seattle
Nationwide Bank to Save Mountain Gorillas
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Physical Rehabilitation Center
Sea School Camp
Second Crossing to Douglas
Shelters for School Bus Stops
Teen Computing Center
Training Boat for Southeast Alaska Water Safety Program
|Use this checklist to make sure you have completed all the steps. I will use a copy of this sheet and the rubric below to score your project.
1. Project contract, signed by both you and at least one of your parents, indicating that you and your parents understand and intend to complete all components of the Million Dollar Project.
2. Construct a PowerPoint presentation that fully describes your project. Include the following:
Some kind of visual that relates to your project. This could be
C. Data (exported from Excel):
3. Presentation: You will present your project to the class for part of your grade, so you should practice your presentation. You will be graded on whether you included all the elements above and the following:
4. You will also need to turn in:
A. Interview Notes
B. Category Accounting Sheets.
C. Total of Major Categories Accounting Sheet.
D. Conversion of your PowerPoint presentation into web pages
5. Video of your presentation
|Time Line||We are very fortunate to have access to the new computers in the library every day during reading, so most of the work on this project will be able to be done at school. Students are encouraged to do additional research at home. The interview needs to be done outside of class time.
Week One: Project Overview. Your teacher will go over these expectations and present a sample Million Dollar Project presentation, hopefully teaching you how to effectively present information to an audience, using PowerPoint as a visual aid. You need to discuss with your parents what topic would be appropriate for you. Read over and write down any questions about these instructions. (February 20 - 27, 2007)
Week Two: Beginning the Research: Using search tools and appropriate key words, begin researching your topic. Think about what you already know about the topic, what you don't know but want to know, and who might know that information. Bookmark in your web browser any URL's that you might want to return to or cite. Using the Million Dollar Project PowerPoint template, start fleshing out your project. (February 28 - March 6, 2007)
Week Three: Gathering Data. Continue finding information and filling in the Excel spreadsheet with different worksheet pages for each category. Your teacher will show you how to format your document with different worksheet pages for each major category, a category summary worksheet, and a worksheet with your pie chart. You will also learn how to write some simple formulas to do your calculations. Here is a sample Excel spreadsheet for this project. Set up your interview, if you haven't already! Decide what visuals your proposal needs and plan for acquiring them. (March 12-16, 2007)
Make sure you have considered each of the following categories:
• Ongoing Labor
Week Four: Continue Working and Proofreading. This may be the time when you have to reduce the scope/size of the project, so that it can be finished on time! Continue talking to your parents about the project. You should be finished with your interview, and including information from the interview in your proposal. (March 19-23, 2007)
Week Five: Bringing it Together and Applying Principles of Design: By now you should have all the information you need in hand, so that we can quickly convert it, using PowerPoint and Excel, into your presentation. Whatever extras such as artwork or models should be under construction by now so you'll have time to complete them. You will be reminded about the principles of design, including:
(April 2-6, 2007)
Week Six: Getting Ready to Present. We will review the presentation expectations in the rubric below. Students who have finished their PowerPoint slide show and Excel spreadsheets will have the opportunity to practice presenting their proposals and make adjustments for timing. (April 9-13, 2007)
Week Seven: Presentations. Our entire fifth grade EL class will be the audience for the Million Dollar Project presentations. Students will be videotaped giving their presentations. (April 16-20, 2007)
Week Eight : Reflection and Extentions. Students will complete a brief reflection on their own and their classmates presentations. If there is time, we will embed the video of the presentations into the slide shows and/or convert the slide shows into web pages. (April 23-27, 2007)
Useful Internet Sites:
PowerPoint Slide Shows
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