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Sparking Student Motivation: Leprechaun Traps

How many of you have your students do home projects?

I don't do many because usually it turns into a parent project instead of a student project... but when I do, I always include activities that I know for sure the student did, like a writing portion where they have to explain their understanding.

Last week, my students had a home project to show their knowledge of simple machines by designing a leprechaun trap! (click the link for the freebie in my store!) They were SO excited about it! They only had to draw the designs and explain how they would work, but many of them built the traps too:
Simple Machines and Leprechaun Traps with Ideas by Jivey

Simple Machines and Leprechaun Traps with Ideas by Jivey

Simple Machines and Leprechaun Traps with Ideas by Jivey

Here are some of their drawn designs:
Simple Machines and Leprechaun Traps with Ideas by Jivey
And of course, they were due on St. Patrick's Day, so we set up our traps when we left the room, just in case... and that tricky leprechaun left footprints and confetti all over the place! Some of the confetti pieces were even shaped like little leprechauns! No one caught the leprechaun this year...

Leprechaun Traps with Ideas by Jivey

Since this really got my kids excited to show their knowledge about simple machines, I'm linking this up with my BBB, Joanne, for Sparking Student Motivation!
Have a great weekend!

3 comments

  1. I LOVE these!! Putting this idea away for next year!!
    Gina

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  2. So much fun!!! Your kids really went all out! I'm so impressed with all the detail and props they used to catch a leprechaun! And, what an exciting touch to add those footprints and confetti! I bet they were squealing when they came back to the room! :) Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    ~Joanne xoxo
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    -Melanie
    Teacher’s Lounge

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