Making a Masterpiece (TPT seller challenge)

It's been incredibly valuable participating in the tpt seller challenge. Each week our hosts have presented a different challenge. As a result, I've revised nearly 20 products (including my entire Renaissance curriculum) and dreamed big.  In week three, the chalkenge is to make a masterpiece. 

My first thought was the enormous math related business simulation that I created (and wrote about here), Not my lemonade Stand. And yes, it's definitely one of my new favorites and more importantly one of my students' favorites. 

But, one cool part of the challenge was that we would exchange feedback with a partner. I connected with TheRoomMom. Based on her background in 4th/5th grade, I asked for feedback on a Colonial America timeline project that I have done with 8th graders, but thought I could just expand to 5th graders. 

 As I quickly learned the answer to this was yes and no. Yes, 4th/5th graders could definitely do this; yes, this is the kind of curriculum she would use; but no, it was not yet ready for upper elementary. She gave me some great ideas for what modifications an upper elementary student would need. 

 So, my masterpiece ended up being those changes: 

  • Adding more detailed directions got both teacher and student directions
  • Thinking about cross-curricular skills'  development (having students measure the marks on the timeline so that it was spaced evenly) 
  • Arranging events by country rather than by time, so that students do not need to sort this (a higher level thinking task that works for middle and high schoolers) 
 The result: 2 products that while on the same topic and concept are specialized towards a very specific audience. So two masterpieces? More importantly, the feedback about the 4th/5th grade skill set that I have better tools now for adapting and creating future curriculum. So grateful to The Room Mom for the help and to the girls over at the TPT seller challenge for organizing.

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  1. It looks like a fantastic product and interactive notebooks are so fun!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. This worked so great.

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  2. It is such a great idea to check in with a stranger to proof your work. They can really give you some candid response without hurting your friendships. I had the same situation with the person who proofed mine.
    Patty
    2ndinline

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    1. Absolutely! I got so much helpful information.

      Cheers,
      DocRunning

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing your resource! I am so glad feedback was helpful. I think this product will be such a great activity for upper elementary, and one that has several options for teachers. I can't wait for you to review my unit-- as soon as I get it finished! I keep getting interrupted. So glad to connect with you.
    Caitlin
    TheRoomMom

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin. I so enjoyed working with you on this. If you ever want to exchange again, just let me know.

      Cheers,
      DocRunning

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