For the end of the year, I am thinking about asking my middle-schoolers (7th- and 8th- graders) to make a creative assignment for me. I am hopeful that we will have about 2 full weeks following the big semester exams to do this / include presentations as appropriate. Options I am throwing around:
* Informative math posters (ie. process posters about problem-solving tips OR posters comparing various methods of one important topic)
* Building a cool 3-D model of something of their creation (ie. line art, origami, toothpick model)
* Creating a math comic strip or animation that involves a topic we have studied
* Video-recording a math song or math rap of their own creation.
Any other ideas? Any suggestions on how I should structure this so that it is open-ended yet still structured? The way I envision it, kids can choose their own groups BUT they will have to fully justify the workload of every person to me, before the groups are "set." Individual projects are welcome as well. Grading will be based on criteria of accuracy of information, presentation, creativity, and sufficiency of effort (relative to # of group members they had).
If it works, then at the very end of the year we will have our own mini math fair. :) I am not teaching any of my 8th-graders next year and I know I will miss them dearly. I hope they will create things by which I can always remember them!
PS. Outline of tasks is here.