Last week, one of the schools I work with put on an Invasive Species Conference. The conference was the culmination of a 6 week long PBL the 4th grade students were working on. Fourth graders have been studying about ecosystems and focused on invasive species in Michigan and their impact on Michigan’s ecosystem. Students were tasked with presenting at a conference whose attendees were 3rd grade students from the feeder school for Sheridan Road. The fourth grade students spent many weeks and countless hours working on their conference. They researched, created informational brochures, made presentation boards, found links to videos and and pictures, made giveaways for the 3rd graders, and practiced their presentations.
All of this hard work culminated in an awesome event that had everyone excited and engaged!
The event started just like a real conference, with the attendees checking in, getting a name badge, and a tote bag.
The event kicked off with a welcome video and introduction of the principal. Then, the students were off to explore. Several 6th grade students were docents, leading the groups of 3rd graders to various presentation boards. To make sure no group was without someone to present to, we created a schedule that all the docents and groups had, so everyone knew when it was time to move to the next group. It went really smoothly, the 4th graders did a great job, and the 3rd grade students were really engaged – taking notes, asking questions, and actively listening. It was a HUGE success!
The conference ended with a Kahoot game as a fun way to wrap up and check how much the 3rd graders learned. Everyone involved had a spectacular time! Later, parents were invited to come see what the students had done, which was a great way to increase our community involvement. What a fantastic way to wrap up before winter break!