For this activity I gave the reins to the students to work in pairs to use any of a plethora of “craft supplies” I provided for them to create a visual representation of an academic vocabulary word. I offered Popsicle sticks, beads, googly eyes, Play-Doh, construction paper, markers, colored pencils, string, yarn, foam, computers, & basically anything I had lying around in a cabinet.
They then had to fill out a gallery sheet naming the vocabulary word their art was representing, the title of their art piece, & an explanation of how their art visually represents their vocabulary word.
The class then did a gallery walk where they perused the classroom observing & analyzing each piece of art. They also sketched a picture of the visual represented in the art piece or of their own visual representation of each word next to the word in our vocabulary list in their ISNs. The kids LOVED the creative nature of this activity & of the freedom afforded to them to be in charge! They are still asking when we will do this activity again!
This activity can be done with vocabulary words from any subject area!