Recently, the fifth graders have been doing research about a U.S. president. After lessons on evaluating websites and web search strategies, the students began using Worldbook Encyclopedia Online and other websites to gather information about their president.
Once they had some good information on their president, they began building a webpage using Wikispaces. Each student was partnered with a student in the other 5th grade class and they are collaborating virtually instead of working face to face. After each work session, they use discussion tools to reflect their progress and make suggestions for what to do next. They are proofreading each other’s typing and are finding it helpful to not have to do everything in this project on their own!
Our next step for this project will be to use the formatting tools to make the webpage more attractive and easier to read. Students will also be learning to make citation hyperlinks to the websites where they got their information.
Here is a link where you can view their president wiki pages in progress:
Presidents Wiki 2017 (Click on the sidebar to view additional pages.)