Heavens above, you know what I hate?
Meaningless school projects.
Youngest had to do one on one of the provinces of Spain.
That's OK, but the topics she had to cover...BORING.
What are the major economic elements of this province? What is the climate? What is the topography? Include a copy of the flag, and shield along with a map.
Do you think she is learning anything here?
It is just a lesson in how to copy/paste and crib off Wiki.
There were some bits that were more interesting, festas, food and curiosities, but really. It could have been SO much more interesting, and maybe she would have been able to do more of it herself. How many primary kids do you know that can look up economic statistics, interpret them and come up with a phrase or two to describe them. You can guess who did that part.
What would you like to know about the Comunidad de Madrid?
I do now know that there is one of the oldest restaurants in the world there, or so they claim. That the Museum of the Americas has some shrunken heads in it, and that Franco was buried there. We didn't discuss that much, Franco is a bit like Voldemort, he who shall not be named....though the kids have some pretty irreverent songs they trot out.
I have a bunch of ideas of things I would do, but here's what I am wanting to know.
If you were to design a project on a state/province/geographic region for primary students to research, what would you like them to try and find out??? What would turn your crank????
Where would you steer them???