First, I'll determine and write down an outline on my classroom procedures to review with students along with my classroom management policy. I will be utilizing and reviewing my classroom management Team Points Plan for the upcoming school year. I will also review school policy, codes, and more the first few weeks of school with students.
Secondly, I'll go through the teaching materials and tasks I already have at home to choose materials to start the year. Since, I have been asked to switch grades this year, I'll pull material for the prior school year of the students to review skills they should have learned last year and mastered. This will also give me an idea of their level of knowledge and skills.
Instructions you may give to students/teams: Only 1 marshmallow may be at the top of the tower and it must be at the top! You may not alter the marshmallow, take bites out of it, break it in half, etc. You may only use the materials in the bag, however, you may not use the paper bag. You have 20 minutes and may start when I say 'go' and must stop work when I say 'stop'.
That is all the instructions to provide. Let the students be creative and build a tower. After time is up, measure each tower with a measuring tape or allow a selected student to measure the towers. I hope you try the project this year - it is a great project to encourage team work. I may utilize it throughout the year and choose teams at times to see how my students' ideas change throughout the year.
I hope these few tasks I shared will assist you and you enjoy the "Marshmallow Project". To save yourself time this year, check out some of my Best Sellers and visit my TpT store for more resources to help you educate your students.
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