I gave the following to my students as a Final exam/project for fall term. I have done other similar things in the past but this is the first time that I've included to 1-2 page paper with language arts criteria as well as mathematical justification. It is incredibile how seriously they are taking it, how hard they are working and how creative the are being.
I have some good news and I have some bad news. First the good news. There will be NO final exam for first semester. There will be a "Final Project." instead. There are two major parts to this project. And for each part, there will be two sub-parts. First part: By Wednesday, January 19th, collect 25 words from Chapters 1-4. Which words, you choose. There are only two (2) requirements: 1) you must have 5 words from Chapter 1, 5 from Chapter 2, 5 from Chapter 3 and 5 from Chapter 4. Thhe final day. You will be graded as follows. (You will need to bring your own pens, colored pencils, markers, etc. and I will supply the paper.)
Individual Select 25 words by Wednesday, January 19th 10 points
Group From the group, select more than 50 words. Does it get at the gist of the Semester's work? 10 points
Group Poster 30 points Group presentation 10 points
Individual 1-2 Page paper to demonstrate your personal connections Justification 20 points Structure Spelling 5 points Punctuation 5 points Usage 5 points Legibility 5 points