10 Genius Hour Ideas

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Genius Hour was such a hit in the classroom! Student engagement was at an all-time high! The only problem - getting my students started! I had to get them to wrap their heads around what they COULD do, not had to do - a very tricky concept for some students. Here are a couple ideas to help you and your students get started!

1. Give students the opportunity to create a craft! Two of my students took this route and I already had the materials in my closet (major plus!).

2. Let students cook a meal! I brought my crockpot into the classroom and we all got a taste - it was delicious! I had another student bake a Giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cup - unfortunately I don't have a picture :( IT. WAS. AMAZING.

3. Another student put together a gum ball machine. It was tricky, but he worked it out!

4. A student went down to the workroom with our amazing para and learned how to use the binding machine. (I don't even know how to use it!) She had a great time and showed us all how to do it after she was finished.

5. Two students worked together to create a character from their favorite video game. They have been carrying it around ever since!

6. A student built a volcano! She spent so much time on it and after she was finished, we went outside to watch it erupt!

7. A girl in my classroom taught herself how to fold origami. All the kids were hooked and wanted her to teach them.

8. A boy in my classroom loves to build things. Here he built a boat that would float if placed in water.

9. Puppies!!! How could I say no??? This kiddo brought in his new puppy and wrote up a whole presentation about how to take care of his puppy.

 10. Another student built a sculpture of a character he enjoys. He spent so much time perfecting the details!

Hope these ideas help you and your students to get started! It was a lot of work, but such an amazing learning opportunity for them! Enjoy!

Check out my TpT shop HERE for the pack to get you going with Genius Hour! The blog post describing it all you can find HERE :)


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