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Breaking the ice

Your project: general information

The final outcome of this project will be a school campaign in which you will promote recycling habits: what you can do in your classroom, at your school and at home. This project will be dealt with in a collaborative way.

This campaign will be divided in these three places, focused on giving as many ideas and options as possible in order to include good recycling habits. To be able to create it, you will surf and overcome different missions that will help you gain knowledge and acquire strategies to prepare and publish your campaign.

Know all the details about this project.

It will be really important for the success of this project to follow all the instructions given in each activity, using the Internet and the links as a source of information.

Before starting with your project, there are some points you must check.

Assessment

This project will be evaluated following this pattern:

  • Your teacher will evaluate the final product (last post in your blog) following the rubric to assess the general product. It will be 40% of the final score.
  • Your partners will carry out peer assessment and will grade your collaborative teamwork. It will be 20% of the final score. The students can generate the different levels or items to evaluate.
  • Students will self-evaluate the final product using the rubric. It will be 20% of the final score.
  • The final score will also include 20% for the teacher to evaluate how the students have involved in the project or tackled the different missions.

The 'Assessment rubric for the project: 3R's campaign'  will be your reference for the global project.

At the end the project, if the assessment is positive, your teacher will give you a badge through the website Class Badges.

Try and do it as well as you can!

Every mission will include a final task to consolidate all the learning. Some of these final tasks will be assessed using the following rubrics:

Teams and collaborative work

There will be pair work, team work and individual work. This means that the knowledge will be created by the teacher's explanation, as well as self-investigation and interaction among the partners.

You have to work in teams in order to create your campaign. One of the best points in this project will be to raise awareness of the amount of rubbish we produce and the environmental problems this causes.

Your personal blog

You will also use a blog that will work as your digital portfolio. Each of you must have your own blog. The tutorial 'How to start a blog on blogger' will help you create the blog in a very easy way.

The 'Rubric to assess blog posts' will help you do a great work on your blog.

Along the missions, you'll be asked to make some posts to share and present the project activities. At the end of all of them, you will be asked to design a final post with all the knowledge and products you will have come up with throughout this project.

All your posts in the blog will be identified with the tag "3Rs campaign".

This project is part of a group of projects. If you have learnt through the rest of these projects, use always the same blog. If you work only on this one, you must create one for your work.

Dissemination

It would be a pity if just the teacher, you and some of your partners enjoyed your final work and your blog. Why don't you use other ways to disseminate your recycling campaign?

  • Send the blog link to your parents, friends... They will really appreciate what you are doing at school. You will also share your final campaign using QR codes. 
  • Get a Twitter account for the class that will be run by your teachers. Tweet what you want to publish promoting your final post and some of the works using the #projectrecycling hashtag and you can even create one with the name of your group (e.g. #iescedecgroupthekings). Remember: 140 characters including the link and the official hashtag or the one your class has decided for this project. You can also share your QR codes through Twitter. Because of your age, the Twitter account will be run by your teachers, so you will write the tweet and then your teacher will recap all the class tweets in list.ly.

Is everything clear? If you have any questions, ask your teacher (or your partners). Perhaps they may have suggestions to make your project and work easier and more useful and, at the same time, more complete.

What can be recycled?

To start with this topic, you are going to play and talk a bit with a classmate about which product you would like to advertise. The worksheet 'Things that I can recycle' will help you with this task.

First of all, you need to get familiar with some of the possible things  that can be recycled and that you can make a campaign about. You are going to write down a pair of questions. They are going to be content questions about the possible object to be advertised.

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Think about the everyday objects that can be recycled, reused and reduced.

Think about the things that can be recycled

First of all, you need to get familiar with some of the possible products that can be recycled and that you can make your recycling campaign about. You are going to write down a pair of questions. They are going to be content questions about the possible object to be recycled, reused and reduced.

Two websites will help you learn about how to build the questions and the vocabulary about things that can be recycled that you will need. Have a look at them:

Ask your classmates and make a short presentation about them.

When you have already written the questions, you have to look for the classmates you are going to do the project with and talk to them about these questions. The worksheet 'Things that I can recycle' will help you with this task. You have to ask your classmates about different types of products that can be recycled in each of the categories in the worksheet. You can add your own categories if you want. Remember to register the information into the chart.

Then, your team has to do a short oral information to tell the rest of the class the objects that are now being advertised on media and that you have written down in the worksheet. The 'Rubric to assess an oral presentation' can help you do a great job. You can include your chart and the text of your oral presentation into your blog creating a post. (Don't forget to identify your post with the tag "3Rs campaign").

Disseminating your ideas

Apart from this, if you want, your teacher can disseminate your post using the classroom's Twitter account. For that reason, you have to write down the text of the tweet for the teacher. Remember: 

  • You can use up to 140 characters.
  • Include the link to your post. 
  • Use the hashtag of the project: #projectrecycling

The 'Rubric to assess a tweet' will help you know how to do a great job with the tweet.

Before posting your text, you must ask one of your classmates in another team to check your work and make any suggestions or corrections he or she can think of. You must do the same task with at least one of your mates' outcomes, too. Don't be afraid. Making mistakes is a good way to learn!

With this task, we have learnt and dealt with lots of vocabulary about objects and also you have also known more details about your classmates.

Learning Diary

You are going to start creating your Learning Diary. It will help you reflect on what you are learning and most important: what the best way for learning is.

You have to open a Google Document or a text document with the title '3Rs campaign'. This is going to be your 'Learning Diary'.

Then, you'll create the first section, called "Project 3Rs campaing".