How do I make teams with students outside my class?
What type of projects work well across grades and classrooms?
- Endangered animal trading cards where 4th-grade habitat experts at one school work with 2nd graders learning about animals at another site to create a trading card.
- Superhero comics - Have older elementary students practice dialogue writing and inference as they work with younger students to create a comic about a superhero the younger student has designed.
- Write a story - have younger students share their ideas with an older student by recording their voice. Older students can then write the text. Younger students can create basic illustrations or make suggestions and older students can add or create backgrounds.
- Design a celebration - have students at the same grade level but in different classes work together to design a celebration for their grade level for an event like Earth Day or Cinco de Mayo. Student teams then create persuasive presentations to get other students to implement their idea.
If you haven't tried real-time collaboration between students in your class, use this tutorial to learn how to set up collaborative projects in your classroom. Once you have an in-class collaborative project under your belt, you can try one with students in classes with different teachers, in different grades, and even in different locations.