When I focus on vocabulary with my students, I like to use Frayer Models. In one of the 4 squares, I have them draw the vocabulary word because I believe that if you can draw a word or concept, you understand it.
As we transition into discussion of the Neolithic Revolution and our First-Wave Civilizations, I like to give my students the opportunity to design and draw their own city. Some of them are very artistic, others mostly draw and label blobs. Some choose to use markers and map pencils, others stick to the pen. Each of the students chooses to make a city in distant past, present, or future. The important thing is that they all made a city of their own in a way of their choosing.
It’s a miracle what kids can do when we take a step back, remember the fun in education, and let them exercise their creativity.
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