I am a pre-service student teacher at Illinois State. I think that this lesson is great. I never learned things like this when i was that young and if we talked about it in class i don't remember it. This is a very fun and meaningful way to get the students to remember this important lesson. It seems to me that a lot of your projects end with the students performing or displaying their work for an audience. Do you find that this in turn motivates the students to do the work?
Absolutely! The more authentic you can make the experience, the more motivated the students are to do it. Some of them get excited to show off. Others get nervous to look unprepared. Either way, there is some extra motivation going on. Plus, if you get your students working as a team, they start to feel an obligation toward one another.
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