A Phenomenal 4th Grade Collaborative Project [Finishing Touches]

Wow.

This has been an amazing project.

4th Grade Collaborative Trees Part 1
4th Grade Collaborative Trees Part 2
4th Grade Collaborative Trees Part 3
4th Grade Collaborative Trees Part 4
4th Grade Collaborative Trees Part 5
4th Grade Collaborative Trees Part 6
4th Grade Collaborative Trees Part 7

So, I either love to blog and hear my own voice or you can agree that working in a collaborative nature can be work.  And it has proven to be rewarding work.  Scrolling from the beginning to the end had me thinking “will this really work?” but it has – and the work has proved phenomenal.

Students today finished up their frames and glued them in place; just simple strips of cardboard.  From there, they were given a worksheet – something very simple.  There were a few questions that would not only help me assess them but create a way for them to reflect and prepare to make their museum labels.

What does collaboration look like? What does cooperation look like? How can you show good leadership with collaboration and cooperation? What materials have we used? What is something you learned from this project and why?

I didn’t number the questions because I wanted students to work at their own pace and their own order.  It wasn’t a test – students were encouraged to work together and continue their group work.  Their answers could even  be the same; I just happen to like having one paper per student for my own records.

Students didn’t finish the form with all their “finishing work” but they will have time next period when they create their formal museum labels.  I think it’s important for students to understand the process in which you can curate artwork and prepare it for display.  We collectively agreed that giving the project a frame really made it feel finished.

How will we decide who gets to take it home? That is a question I’m still thinking through – I am open to suggestions.

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5 responses to “A Phenomenal 4th Grade Collaborative Project [Finishing Touches]

  1. I have really enjoyed seeing this project grow 😉
    As far as take home, what if you give each student a color photo of the work and then all of the group members can sign it — kind of like a yearbook type of thing. Maybe they can even make frames for it so they still have somethign that feels like a finished work of art? I love the collaboration here and think your students did a stellar job. Awesome project.

  2. Pingback: Collaborative Tree Building with 4th Grade | Art Class With LMJ·

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