If you could choose the most "kid-friendly" city in the U.S., what would it be like?
Some Nuts and Bolts:
Think Before You Act:
- Another class in your school or district may be participating along with yours. As you go along, compare your ideas and data with theirs.
- Fill out a Great Data Update sheet daily.
It Takes Teamwork:
- How are you going to judge the cities?
- Get together with your classmates and make a list of the things you think are important in a "kid-friendly" city.
- Money Magazine compiles a list annually of the best places to live. What criteria do they use? Do any of them sound good to you?
- How about doing some reading or research into the way kids live in Moscow?
- The company has a scorecard for you to use. It has two questions MMSW thinks are important, but there is room for you to add your own. The officials want most of the ideas to come from you.
- NOW, how does your own hometown rate as a "kid-friendly" city? Try out the scorecard and see. Do you agree with the way it scores?
Get the Facts:
- Your teacher will hold a lottery to make up the city committees.
- Make a plan that shows the job each committee member will do, the steps you will take, and the time line to complete it.
- Don't forget to check the guidelines MMSW has provided, too.
Put It All Together:
- Who wants old news? Try to get the most current data you can, and make sure your sources are reliable.
- Who knows best about a city but those who live there? You can contact students in the cities to see what they have to say.
- Meet as a class for progress checks. Check with the group that's researching your city from the other class.
- Don't forget to fill out the scorecard. MMSW wants it included with your presentation.
- Prepare your presentation. Does your city have what it takes?
- Make a recommendation and back it up with facts.
- Your teacher will help you prepare a presentation that will persuade Mr. Solokov and MMSW to take your recommendation.
- Use visual aids, handouts, or anything you think will make your presentation a winner.
- Be sure to consult the scoring rubric your teacher will use for the final presentation. Have you met all of the criteria?
- Give your presentation to the other class or others in your class for a dress rehearsal.
- How did you do? What did you learn? (Your teacher will ask.)
- After all the presentations, which city seems to be the most "kid friendly"?