This activity can be used in any classroom as an end of a book project. It allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the main character(s) and of the book or story and create an artistic representation of it. Students also need to write to explain their learning and thinking. It allows choice for students and puts them in charge of how they demonstrate their learning of a concept, standard, or lesson as it pertains to the reading. Choice is a powerful motivator and allows students to be more engaged and responsible for their learning.
A “Show and Tell” is a quick, simple, method to differentiate learning for students in any class. It demonstrates to stakeholders, parents, and administrators that the goal in class is to help each individual demonstrate their learning in ways that reflect their choices and strengths. Student motivation increases because of the choices and the activities allow something for all students to be successful doing. This is a fantastic way to begin differentiation in a specific unit/lesson without causing the management of the tasks to become overwhelming. Show and Tells can be created with a small time commitment by the teacher.