Today, my oldest came to me to let me know she had finished her meteorology book yesterday. Um – y’all – that came as a surprise! I suddenly needed something to act as a wrap-up and “final project.” Quick thinking resulted and I remembered something she has not done in a long time – creating a cross-word puzzle.
It was perfect. I assigned her the creation of a cross-word puzzle using the vocabulary of the book. She had to create a puzzle with at least 20 words in it from the highlighted vocabulary of her book. Each clue had to use the definition of the word. And, so she didn’t have to do the busy work of creating the grid for the puzzle, we found a free online puzzle maker – http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/CrissCrossSetupForm.asp
It was super easy for her to do, made her consider what words were important, and gave a fun final project that wasn’t just busy work. The cross-word puzzle was printed out and the youngest giggly girl wants to do it. So, tomorrow, the puzzle will get worked.
To complement the puzzle, the oldest giggly girl will also be doing a written project where she will write about her favorite sections of the book, including what she learned. I had initially asked her to write a simple page on her favorite chapter of the book. She asked permission to expand it because there were interesting and fun tidbits in all of the sections, so she didn’t want to skip any of that.
I can’t express how happy that made me because what it told me was that she enjoyed her learning and she learned more than she expected to. So, over the next three days she will be writing her paper about what she learned in meteorology.
Final project – check!
This is not the complete end of her high school meteorology class but it is a good, solid end to the first half of the year.
Lori, At Home.