Think Small April Holiday Journal Assignment
Note: I thank all of the students that have asked clarifying questions and shown interest in doing this project to the best of their abilities
Your questions will help students for many classes to come!
1. Use a minimum of one page in your journal, (one side per day for eight days = 4 sheets of paper = 8 sides/pages)
2. Include each date in the Table of Contents
3. Put the date, as the Title, at the top of each page
4. Divide your page into three sections and clearly write the title for each section
skip lines, print clearly to be easy on the eyes
Help with topic details :
Section 1 think small
choose a small object that is alive and follow its changes over the next 8 days
Look at a bud on a tree, look at a blossom on a flower, look at an anthill
choose something tiny or small that is alive and will develop over the next few days
Spring brings great changes
Make your observations detailed to appreciate those changes
- look at the model below
Section 2 think me community
Look at your community your neighborhood relax and see it and you as part of the community
Who is walkink there dog describe them
What do you smell use your senses is there a bakery, a restaurant, a bus with diesel fumes
Look at the model below as an example
Section 3 think large weather
Examine the sky feel the wind report on the clouds, the rain, the weather
5. You may use up to three pages for any one date but no less then one side/page
6. Your total pages should be a minimum of 8 sides but no larger then 15 total sides/pages
a. In other words dont use three sides/pages every day.
7. You are encouraged to:
draw a simple picture in any section or
take a picture and paste it in or
down load a related clip and paste it in
8. The work must be done in the journal not typed on separate sheets of paper
you are encouraged to type, then glue it into the correct place on the page, but there is no penalty if you hand write neatly
Note: you are creating a keep sake, a science diary, a window into your world
This assignment is meant to be enjoyable, dont burden yourself, keep it simple but nice
The project is graded based on:
a. Ability to follow directions
b. Creativity but be an honest reporter
c. Detail of observation
e. Quality of reporting
It is not graded on length in fact, if it is longer then 15 sides points are deducted (I have 170 students work to grade)
The value of the piece is yet to be determined be advised it may count as at least two tests in value -
I see a yellow dandelion bud it is tightly closed with small bits of yellow sticking out from the center of the bud. I wonder when it will bloom and what the next change will be?
As I stand outside my door I see a little old lady walking a small black dog, you can see she really likes the dog by how she waits for him and he doesnt pull her. In the back round the smell of the local bakery creates a sweetness in the air. I wonder what they are baking today? I am happy, we have big plans for the day maybe a movie or a trip to the shore, to see an estuary.
It is pouring rain, first it lightning and thundered. Then hale, the size of small pebbles, came down, some plants were bent over by the hale but later they stood up again. The temperature today was 65 degrees and the sky was cloudy.
What do you think of the project?
Email me your comments.
Sit down with your parents and include them in your thinking.