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boy washing dishMost students don’t get enough class time to teach one another. Peer teaching is highly engaging and a valuable part of descriptive feedback.

This assignment is designed to be carried out each day by a different student for about a month. Each of your students picks one of the sixty choices and prepares an oral presentation of five  minutes for his or her classmates. (see success criteria below) An additional five minutes for questions follow each lesson. These particular tasks work best with the 11-14 age group but could easily be adapted for either younger or older students. This assignment works best if you remind each of the students two days before their scheduled presentation date. Students that are clearly unprepared are not permitted to present.

“I’m going to teach you how…” ASSIGNMENT

Using your own knowledge and research, explain to the class in five minutes or less how to do one of the tasks in the list below.

Possible Success Criteria you can decide upon with your students:

1.     My explanation is clear to my audience.
2.     My explanation engages the attention of my audience. (questions by class)
3.     My explanation demonstrates a detailed knowledge of my topic.

I’m going to teach you how to…

  1. Make a pitcher of juice from a can of frozen concentrate.
  2. Light a candle and safely monitor it.
  3. Separate the white from the yolk of an egg without breaking the yolk.
  4. Tie a necktie.
  5. Clean a toilet bowl.
  6. Clean up a broken glass.
  7. Leave a written phone message for another person in your home.
  8. Do a dark clothing laundry.
  9. Do a light clothing laundry.
  10. Take a dog for a walk.
  11. Set a table for dinner.
  12. Address and mail a letter (including your return address).
  13. Use a fire extinguisher.
  14. Test and replace the batteries on a home smoke alarm.
  15. Make a pot of coffee or tea for several people.
  16. Wash your hands properly.
  17. Put on deodorant or antiperspirants.
  18. Change a baby’s diaper.
  19. Manage your household garbage, recycling and green bin.
  20. Call 911. (How and why)
  21. Call 311. (How and why)
  22. Call 211. (How and why)
  23. Wipe up a sticky mess on the floor.
  24. Clean a window (or mirror) without any streaks.
  25. Evenly slice a loaf of bread.
  26. Calm down a child who has had a nightmare.
  27. Choose a series of changing passwords for online accounts.
  28. Send an email to one person and also to a group of people.
  29. Open a bank account.
  30. Stay informed about what is happening in the daily news.
  31. Put a minor cut to a finger.
  32. Treat a minor burn on a hand.
  33. Put leftovers from dinner away in the refrigerator.
  34. Tie shoes with a knot that won’t come undone.
  35. Clean a microwave oven.
  36. Safely open hard plastic packaging like blister packs or clamshells.
  37. Calculate a tip when you pay for a sit-down meal in a restaurant.
  38. Change a light bulb (include how to measure Lumens)
  39. Read and understand a nutrition label on a food product.
  40. Unclog a toilet with a plunger. (include cleanup)
  41. Unclog a kitchen drain with a plunger. (include cleanup)
  42. Maintain a working kitchen sink.
  43. Prepare a nutritional lunch to take to school.
  44. Put away groceries (Your groceries include fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen items, dairy products, meat, paper products, cleaning supplies and a big bag of pet food.)
  45. Care for a pet.
  46. Water the household plants.
  47. Clean and disinfect the kitchen countertop.
  48. Take a floor mat outside to shake it out and then vacuüm it.
  49. Shovel snow off a walkway.
  50. Clean ice off the windows of a parked car.
  51. Lift a heavy item without hurting your back.
  52. Safely cross a street at a cross walk.
  53. Make money and save some of it for a later time.
  54. Budget.
  55. Make a list of priorities. (e.g. To Do List, Homework, Party Planning)
  56. Use a credit card (i.e. Visa, Mastercard) and understand how it works
  57. Use a debit card and understand how it works
  58. Stay warm (without a fire) when it’s cold outside
  59. Get home if you are lost.
  60. Tell time on an analogue clock.
  61. ***Come up with your own idea and ask your teacher if it is ok.

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