The Trashion Show Performance Assessment was created by me, Those Teachable Moments, so that I could see how my students could apply their knowledge at the end of our Life Science unit on the effects of pollution and humans on the environment (S3L2).
So what is the project? There are two parts to the project. The first part is a product - the students get to create an outfit by utilizing the three "R's": reduce, reuse, and recycle. At the end of the project we have a Trashion Show; trash + fashion = Trashion. The end results are impressive! The second part of the project is the description card that the students complete. The card is read at the Trashion Show by the Master of Ceremonies as the student models their outfit on the runway to music. Each part is graded by the rubrics included in this product.
I am a firm believer in integrating curriculum. This project integrates English Language Arts curriculum and Science curriculum. My students were working on the three types of sentences at the time. You can change the ELA skill and incorporate another to fit the needs of your classroom and what they need to be assessed on.
I took an entire class period to introduce the project and explain the instructions, expectations, and grading rubrics to the students. They had a chance to ask questions as I explained and at the end. The student instruction sheet and rubrics are detailed. I also gave them time at the end of the period to brainstorm and write down some of their ideas in a thinking map because I could see their wheels turning.
The students had two weeks to work on the project. During this time frame, they were expected to mostly work on it at home. During some of the class periods in those two weeks, I would conference with students and check on their progress and answer any questions. Towards the end of the two weeks, I gave the students an entire class period to finish their outfits and/or description cards or to conference with me. The day before the actual runway event, we had a dress rehearsal in the classroom so that the students knew what to expect and could practice their modeling "moves."
I highly encourage parent involvement throughout the project and on the day of the actual Trashion Show. To communicate with the parents, I sent home a parent letter, the student instruction sheet, as well as both rubrics that the students were going to be graded by. On each rubric, the students can earn up to 4 points in five different categories, making it easy to convert to a numerical grade.
For the actual Trashion Show, we made a runway for the students to walk down, played music, and really did it up! It got the students engaged and we had a blast.
I hope you and your students enjoy this project as much as we did! Happy recycling!
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