How do you know your students really understand what they have read? Of course, you ask ten multiple choice questions and award kids points on some expensive system, right?
Not in Ms. Thomas’s class.
Ms. Thomas and her students read Treasure Island as part of their G21 project. They looked at all different aspects of the book: Geography, weather, technology, social structure of the crew, historical context of the events in the book… The students created costumes, models, posters, a new site, and other interesting artifacts based on what they read and discussed in class.
Ms. Thomas has been compiling much of what the students did in a website. It is still a work in progress, but you can visit and explore Treasure Island.