I teach four 4th grade classes, all on Thursdays and Fridays. (Honestly, it's the best way to end the work week!!) At the beginning of the project, I showed them the above video and posed a question: if you could build a factory, what would it look like and what would it produce; what does the world need more of?
Each class divided themselves into 4 or 5 collaborative working groups. For grading purposes, I told them that each group had to turn in one large preliminary sketch, a factory sculpture made out of recyclables, and a finished animation. At the time, I wasn't quite sure how we were going to animate them. But, I knew that they all had iPads, so I figured with still images we could figure something out.
They have been working on these projects for close to 6 weeks.
These 4th grade factories are producing marble polishers, more pets, poofs of joy, cupcakes, hearts, water, trees and dinosaurs, white tigers, the list goes on and on. (If only my 4th graders actually ruled the world, we would all be in better shape!!) It's incredible to watch because each group is working so hard and they are so determined to have the best finished piece!