They did have the option of illustrating the setting, but many chose the hands-on option. The lesson here – always give an option with assessment when you can, but tailor it so that the assessment tool that you use is the same for both choices. That way, it does not equal more work for you! For this one, we came up with a checklist of what to include as important elements of the setting, from the notes that the student had taken. This way, I was able to use the same checklist to assess both the illustrations and the dioramas.
Well, we just finished the novel, “Holes” by Louis Sachar. The kids loved it as they always do. One of the activities that I had them do was a diorama of the setting “Camp Green Lake” from the novel. They did a great job and so I’m sharing a few photos of their work. Of course these will make more sense to those of you familiar with the novel!