I have created a single point rubric using student friendly language for our Who HQ project. Who HQ is a grade wide project where each student picks a person featured in the Who Was book series and spends most of second term learning about them before we present our “living museum” where students dress up as their character and present in first person as that person. This project is going into it’s 4th year and last year involved all 3 of our grade 4 classes and 89 students, each with a unique person to present on. I have posted the 2021 project outline as my grade group is in the process of updating the project for 2022, we are always tweaking and improving the project to make it better for our students. Museum day is always an exciting day for our students where they get to wear their costumes and are arranged as museum exhibits around the gym grouping students with similar topics, musicians, performers, athletes, activists, scientists, inventors and world leaders.
My updated project rubric is a single point rubric focusing on the curricular competencies in Language Arts and Social Studies. While this project does not address socials content at grade 4 it covers all of the curricular competencies and also ties into my school’s focus on character development because we discuss the character traits that the people we are researching show. My single point rubric uses adapted competency language that fits the understanding level of my students. I have done more editing with the Social Studies competencies than with Language Arts. I use Reading Powers both fiction and non-fiction to teach reading comprehension skills and refer to the comprehension skills as reading powers in my rubric as that is the language my students are used to hearing in my classroom and in the primary grades.