Saturday, April 10, 2010

Are you smarter than a 4th grader?

Janna and Chelsea, a couple of students from Dean Shareski's class at The University of Regina, created these videos for my students. The videos are just a few minutes long and follow the fun theme of "Jay Leno meets Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" The girls ask random university students some basic questions that focus on our science standards, "Can you name the planets?" and "Why do we have seasons?"

We will soon begin our unit on Earth and space science and it will be good for my students to see how well some university students know some of the same concepts they will be expected to understand. I plan to share these videos with my kids and then challenge them to create a project that will explain the concepts to others. This will be a great way to kick off our unit and will give my students a good sense of purpose while working on their projects.

Thanks to Janna and Chelsea for their hard work! Thanks also to Dean for connecting Janna and Chelsea with my class.



Unknown said...

This is a great idea for collaborative work across age groups. I have a Literacy unit, 'Explanations', coming up this term and this post has given me some ideas to work on. Thanks for posting

IMC Guy said...

This was pretty good. I think it would be funny to have your students ask their parents these questions and post the videos on their blogs.

Bob Cotter said...

I like the concept and can think of some interesting examples to try with local high school and elementary students.

The one negative that runs through my mind while watching this fun stuff, is the hole question of what emphasis we place on learning facts when these university students who had less recall are probably pretty good students in any case.

From what I have read of your work over the past couple of years, I'm pretty confident that you will find lots of unique ways to assess their learning.

Marianne Lane said...

My name is Marianne Lane and I'm in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I will be making a post on my blog with a summary on what I have learned from your blog. Here is my blog I like the concept of these two videos. I think that if we use this idea and ask students these questions, it can help point out what they need to work on.