Going well at school - projects
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Do you like doing school projects? Here are some ideas that may help you when you tackle a project.
Finding information for projects
Keep your eyes open
- Look out for brochures telling you about places that you visit. They can be really helpful for project work.
- Magazine pictures and pictures in encyclopaedias and reference books can be photocopied or scanned.
- You can copy pictures from the internet, books and magazines and put them into your project, as long as you say where you got them.
Using the Library
- Join the local library and get to know your way round the Reference section; also check out videos, tapes, CDs and DVDs when you are looking for information.
- Libraries also have a 'vertical file' which you can ask about – there may be articles on the very topic you want to find out about.
- The Librarian at your school or local library is a great resource to ask about researching your topic – including getting books from somewhere else, and giving you the URLs of great sites that are kid-friendly.
Using the internet
Look for sites on the internet that are kid-friendly and add them to your favourites or bookmarks.
There is so much information on the internet, but some sites are so hard to read, and use such big words that even your teacher could have problems finding the information you need to answer your questions!
Some sites are not always accurate. Look for government or well known organisations sites.
- A great site for kids to ask about any topic at all is http://www.askforkids.com/
- On other search sites (eg. Google: http://www.google.com) you can type in the name of your topic, and then write kids or children next to it – the search engine will find sites that are more for kids.
- It is a good idea to add sites you like to your favourites.
- Sites like Youtube may have video clips on all kinds of interesting stuff and linking to them might make your project even more interesting.
See our topic The internet for more tips, especially on how to keep safe using the internet.
- Make a plan. Write down what you want to know, then make a heading that says what is in that section.
- Write a rough copy or first draft.
- Collect up your illustrations, pictures and diagrams, and keep them in a safe place, like a special folder or a file on your computer.
- Read through what you have written and edit it on your draft.
- Be prepared to renegotiate with your teacher if you can't find information on that topic or you want to do something else. It is not a good idea to do this the day before the work is due!
- Show your teacher your work and get some feedback on how you are going, what else you might do, and how to get the most out of what you are learning.
- Decide how you are going to present your work, eg. on computer, printed out, in a book, or as a mobile, video clip, poster, booklet, etc.
- Check with your teacher and ask what the criteria are for this work – that means what the teacher is looking for and how many marks will be given for each part. Maybe the teacher is going to give marks for content (what information you have) or neatness, or spelling, or pictures or presentation (how good it looks).
most from your work
- Always remember to write down a bibliography – that is a list of all the resources you used to get your information.
- Always try to do the best that you can do. That way you are going to get better and better and enjoy the work more.
- If your work is to be done partly in class and partly as homework, find out when the class time is so that you are all set to use the time well. "I've left it at home" means that you will have to do more homework and you will probably have to do some other stuff in class time, while everyone else is busy getting on with their projects!
- Make sure that you really know what you have learned about. "Can you tell me about it?" or "What was the most interesting thing you learned?" are likely to be questions that you will be expected to answer when your teacher is marking your work.
How lucky you are to be going to school now, and not years ago when kids had to sit still without talking. They had to listen, learn and be tested to see if they'd learned, then be punished if they hadn't!
You can have fun doing homework and projects. Yes, you really can! Negotiate with your teacher to see if you can present your work in a different way, such as a talking book, video clip, documentary, PowerPoint presentation, or web site – and learn new skills at the same time.
Talk to mum or dad, friends and classmates about what you are doing, and then you will find you are starting to get interested and that you want to learn more. Adults may be able to help, and it's good to spend time together finding out about interesting topics.
Ask for help if you're stuck. It's OK to ask for help, but not OK if someone does the work for you.
"I think my best project was on Italy because I set it out really well." - Amy
"My best project was on the sun. It was a Powerpoint and I had a hyperlink to a quiz and lots of info." - Joel
"My medieval times project was my best. I made it into a book." - Jay
"It was heaps of fun finding information for my Lion project. I did a quiz for my classmates as well."
"My best project was on Goolwa. I did it with my friend Jason and we went there for a weekend to get information. We worked well together and it was fun". - Mitchell
"We had to talk to the class about our projects. I was scared at first but it was good when other kids asked questions and I knew the answers. I felt proud of myself."
|Projects are fun|
Jets to animals
They are interesting
Some easy, some hard
Dr Kim says:
Schools are very different nowadays, but one thing stays the same. No matter how smart you are, or think you are, if you work hard and do your best, you get more out of it.
Learning to work by yourself, organising your time, trying to improve, and being proud of your work all help you to feel good about yourself, and that makes you a happy person to be around.
See how much you know about keeping yourself safe online by checking out this site https://budd-e.staysmartonline.gov.au/primary/main.php
We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.