One way of testing how much your children have learnt is by assigning them essays or tests or worksheets and then grading that. Or you could take the fun route and assign them art projects that tie in with the lesson you are teaching.
Here are four fun activity ideas that you could assign to fifth graders instead of the requisite essay or test.
1. Fun with Shapes
For this activity, you will need the following materials: colorful chart paper, crayons, kids’ safety scissors, the cardboard flaps of old notebooks and glue sticks.
After a lesson on the various kinds of geometric shapes that exist, assign a project where each child needs to create an art work which only utilizes geometric shapes. The art work can be either created by pasting together geometric shapes or by drawing them out and then colouring them.
When the time comes to present it, each child can take five minutes to present it in the class and talk about the different shapes that they used.
2. Colourful Fractions
For this activity, you will need the following materials: old news papers, waste paper, crayons, and pencils
This is a fun activity to gauge how much the children have learnt and how well they understand fractions and make colour pie charts as well.
After a class on fractions, assign each child a fraction. Then, pass out waste sheets of papers, on which children need to depict the fraction they were assigned, using colors. Once they get the hang of it, let them decide which other fractions they want to depict! They can then take the colourful pies home to hang them up as decorations.
3. Angles Around Us
For this activity, you will need the following materials: chalk, open spaces
A fun way to learn more about angles, you will need to take this activity outside the classroom, probably to the playground or a games field.
Divide the students into groups which have names, hand each and hand every student a bit of chalk. The activity is go around the area and mark the potential angles (along with their groups names so that there is no fighting).
Give them around half hour to forty five minutes – it would prudent to do this during a double period or borrow a period from another teacher, so that you have enough time – and then at the end of the time period, blow a whistle and collect everybody together. Let each group read out the list of angles they found, along with what kinds of angles they were and where they found them.
This activity involves a fair bit of running around and scrabbling in the dirt, but at the very least it will keep your students on the lookout for more ‘natural’ angles!
4. Symmetrical Snowflake Paper Patterns
For this activity, you will require the following materials: old newspapers, paints and kids safety scissors.
Before a class on symmetry, ask the children to bring all these items along with them. Also keep a few spares with you so that you can give them to any child who has forgotten to bring them along. Here are a few websites where you can find simple snowflake paper patterns. One, Two, Three.
On the day of the class, stand in front of the class and have them make one snowflake pattern with you which is symmetrical, and one pattern which is asymmetrical! By the end of the lesson, the children should have a fair idea of symmetry and asymmetry and the patterns can be hung up around the classroom as decoration!