Provost Great Brain Project

Provost has a program to help your student learn something new. It is the Great Brain Program! Your child chooses a subject that they would like to study. It can be anything. Some examples of things that students have chosen are animals, bread, historical events, or diseases. They must complete the requirements, then set up an appointment with their teacher to present the project. When your child completes their project, they will receive an award in a school assembly and their picture will hang up on the bulletin board by the workroom for the rest of the year.

There is one set of requirements for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and there is another set of requirements for 4th through 6th grade students. Students or parents can ask for the forms from their teacher or you can come to Mrs. Day’s room, room 7, to get the forms. If you have any other questions, you are welcome to contact Mrs. Day by phone at 801-374-4960 before or after school, or by e-mail at jilld@provo.edu.

*Click HERE for all forms and information in a PDF.

   

   There are two separate categories, the Junior Great Brain for Kindergarten through 3rd grade and the regular Great Brain from 4th to 6th grades. 

   The Great Brain program is designed to provide children an opportunity to study a subject that interests them. Each child creates a project to demonstrate what they have learned and reports their findings to their classmates. This process should be completed over an extended period of time which gives a student and their family time to think in-depth about the topic and conduct an authentic investigation. Hopefully, children will experience the joy and excitement in researching something well and then presenting their knowledge to friends at school and family members.

   When completing the Junior Great Brain, the following steps help students along the pathway to a successful Great Brain project:

 

1. Brainstorm

Think of several topics you may be interested in studying in depth.

2. Select

Choose the topic which is most appealing and offers the most promise for new discoveries for you.  Then, tell your teacher about your plans.

3. Questions

Make a list of 5-10 questions you will answer.

4. Study

Use books, encyclopedias, newspaper and magazine articles, internet, and people as resources.

5. Collect

Spend a couple of months gathering your information.

6. Journal

Keep a journal of all the interesting things you find.

7. Bibliography

Keep a careful record of where you find each bit of interesting information.

8. Create

Make something (story, poem, art work, diorama, video, computer graphic, etc.) to show what you have learned.

9. Visual Aids

Collect pictures, charts, or props for your presentation.

10. Practice

Use a loud, clear voice.  Use your own words.  Practice at home and ask for suggestions for improvement.

11. Presentation

Make an appointment with your teacher.  Invite your family to attend your presentation if you would like.

Click here to see the Evaluation Form.

To be recognized at Provost Elementary as a “Great Brain” in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, the student will need to follow the requirements listed later on this web page.  Please note that some requirements differ according to the particular rank toward which the student is aspiring. 

Specialist

3 books

1 encyclopedia/ internet article

4 questions

Expert

4 books

1 magazine/ newspaper article

1 encyclopedia/ internet article

1 media source (TV, films, video)

6 questions

Mastermind

6 books

1 magazine or newspaper article

1 encyclopedia/ internet article

1 media source

8 questions

Genius

8 books

2 magazine/ newspaper articles

1 encyclopedia/ internet article

1 media source

10 questions

 

Students should check off each requirement as it is completed.  The project, along with the completed checklist, are to be turned in to the teacher on the day the Great Brains projects are presented to the class.

We are dedicated to developing students' public speaking skills and courage while speaking to a crowd. It's never too early to give our kids a jump-start!