Happy Thursday, friends! I’m writing to you today from the comfort of my recliner, wearing my comfy clothes, and almost ready to settle in for a nice afternoon nap 🙂 Nope, I’m not sick and I’m not home with a sick kiddo … it’s a SNOW DAY! Yes! FINALLY, we had snow during the week and enough to cancel school for two days, as of this writing (fingers crossed we call it a week and stay home tomorrow, too!) Before I turn in for a snow day nap – you know those just, as the kids say, “hit different”?, I wanted to share a quick formative assessment activity that you can use in ANY subject for ANY topic. Are you ready? Let’s head to Mount Rushmore!
No, we’re not launching Google Earth or any other virtual tour tool for this activity. By the way, the only time I’ve “been” to Mount Rushmore is through Google Earth or by watching National Treasure 2 (LOVE THAT MOVIE!), but it is definitely on my list! I actually created this activity as a “wrap-up” for our Greek Mythology discussion in my Western Civilizations class that I teach (dual credit; juniors and seniors, if you’re curious). Due to huge amounts of content and the time constraints that come with teaching a semester class, we were only able to discuss the “main” pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses, as well as a few myths surrounding these deities. In order to give my students an opportunity to share their favorite gods and goddesses, as well as allow them to research others that we weren’t able to discuss, I created our “Mount Rushmore of Greek Mythology” activity! While I made this specifically for my Greek Mythology unit, it can be EASILY adapted for any topic!
To edit this template for your students, simply make a copy of the link above and edit the highlighted section to fit your lesson (the part that says “Greek Mythology” on the template.
Next, edit the instructions and your “explainer” slide. You can edit the resources slide for your topic or delete it if it’s not needed.
That’s it! Share this formative assessment activity through Google Classroom or whatever you use, and you have a great activity that encourages students to reflect and explain what they have learned. Voila!
Have a great day! Thanks for reading 🙂
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