The students should be comfortable with the process quickly after the first few days. Make sure that the students are storing all of their completed papers in their folder. Grade as they complete each section. An example of my grading sheet after the first few days looks like the below photograph.
If a student is falling behind, I highlight the box. I will usually talk with those students and give them a deadline to finish so they aren’t falling farther behind as the work adds up. It also gives me an idea of how the student manages their time. During this project, my students sit around the room and this can be a problem where they are just having fun with friends. If they are falling behind they have to return to their seat or one that is close to me until they catch up.
There will also be those students that are completing their project quickly. These students may finish up to a week ahead of the other students. I usually allow these students to make a Powerpoint presentation of their state. I always like my students to present their states to the class and this just adds to their presentations. They have a great time getting photographs to describe their state and creating transitions with music. The students who usually get done the fastest love the creativity and freedom of making the Powerpoint and it truly amazes the group when they present.
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