I thought I would share one of my (and my student's) favorite activities. I am aware this is geared to 10th graders, but I truly believe it can be done in the early primary grades as well.
I teach a 10th grade global studies course that surveys modern developments in major countries and regions around the world. One of our major focus areas is East Asia - with a specific emphasis on China. Near the end of the mini-unit, I check for understanding before our final evaluation (a persuasive essay). We begin class with a discussion on color preference and color meaning. (This really throws them off!) I then prompt them to determine which color, or combination of colors, best represents modern China. Since I'm rather low key, I ask them to elaborate their answer on one side of a 3x5 index card.
This project could easily be done to provide students with an open interpretation of a book character, event, or process. For example, I know Becky's students really enjoy the Barbara Park Junie B, First Grader Series.
1. Students might connect the story to a journal or pencil because Junie B. is always writing in her journal.
2. They might also explain that since she doesn't always follow the rules, the class expectations chart is most representative of her.
3. They might tie together someone's glasses because she gets a pair of them in First Grader, (at last!).
4. Students might say they chose the water fountain to represent Junie B. because she is always getting up for a drink.
5. Or, you could say the missing tooth chart represents her because she is always concerned about what ultimately happens to loose teeth after they fall out.
Click on the picture below to download a worksheet that students could use to organize their thoughts.