Assigning students projects and activities is good for the teacher and the student. The teacher has the chance to act like a facilitator and isn’t burdened with stress of lecturing, and the students have the opportunity to express their creative energies. If you like these topics, visit ereadingworksheets.com for 62 more project ideas.
- Poems and Raps: write a poem or rap reviewing any topic.
- Postcards: similar to the pen-pals assignment above, but postcards have illustrations representing thematic concepts.
- Posters: create posters to review skills. As a bonus, many of these posters can often be displayed during state tests, so if your students create high quality posters, the posters may be a useful resource during the test.
- Questionnaires: create a questionnaire and survey students to gather an understanding about thematic issues from a text or social problems for a speech or presentation.
- Radio Broadcasts: create a script for a radio program covering any appropriate field of study.
- Reader’s Theater: silently act out the events of a story or text alone or with a group of people while someone reads the text aloud. Students should be given time to prepare their acting.
- Recipes: students can create recipes about how atoms combine to form molecules (H2O), or how to create events like the French Revolution or World War I (add one Arch Duke).
- Scrapbooks: create a scrapbook of your favorite poems or important events from a decade.
- Slide Shows: if you have access to enough computers and a projector, I suggest having students create PowerPoint presentations. With just a little instruction, students should be able to create pretty flashy presentations, and you can combine this project with a research paper as a culminating activity.
- Soundtracks: create a soundtrack for a movie version of a novel or historical or natural event. Use actual songs or just describe the mood of each song if you do not know song titles. Explain why you feel that each song matches the event. A good activity to review mood.
- Stamps: students create commemorative stamps honoring people, depicting elements from the periodic table, or challenging vocabulary terms.
- Storyboards: create story boards summarize a short story or to plan a narrative, movie, or presentation.
- Tests: write a test to help you review unit goals and objectives. Questions can be multiple choice, matching, and true or false. Answer keys should be provided.
- Vocabulary Quilts: create quilts with badges representing the meanings of vocabulary terms. Badges should have an image and a few words.
- Websites: design websites that historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, authors, or characters from novels would have had. Also, student can create websites for historical movements, scientific theories, or literary concepts.
I hope that you’ll find these project topics useful and feel free to comment on how you’ve implemented projects in your classroom. Also, visit my other blog for tips on implementing projects in the classroom.