I just gave students' research presentations a first edit, and as expected there was a range of response from students who are nearing completion to those who have just started adding facts. We've truly only worked on this for a couple of days, so I expected to get a variety of responses.
I created a coaching document which lists the group names and the edit priorities, and I added notes and questions to the presentation canvas (Google Presentation).
In light of their work, I created a new timeline for the project. We're squishing it in a bit which is mostly due to the fact that the fourth grade standards and scope and sequence takes more than teaching year's time, and the fact that I have high standards for the project. I'm not settling for a simple research project, but instead one with more depth.
The depth truly made the edits more interesting and the projects more accessible than a simple report of animal facts.
I continue to chart this project in detail so I can give it a thorough assessment once its complete so that I can grow and improve it for the year to come.