How to Create Your Own Activity
What can you do for your activities related to your project? Here are some ideas:

Find Answers - Before you can start any activities, it makes sense to understand what your topic. Learn more about your topic of study by researching 2-3 sites. Write a report or choose another way to show what you learned.

Interact with the Web - Find a resource that has an interactive component to help you learn about your topic. Some examples include virtual dissection sites, atom modeling programs, related learning games and more. Write a report or choose another way to show what you learned from the activity. KEYWORDS: Virtual Model + Your Topic; Learning Game + Your Topic

Find an experiment - If your topic relates to science, find a science experiment (or two, or three) that helps you learn more about your topic. Be sure to submit the list of materials and procedure to Ms. Given to make sure it is do-able. KEYWORDS: Your Topic + Lesson Plan; Your Topic + Experiment
Build a Model - Can you create a model of something related to your topic of study? Build a replica of an atom, virus, simple machine, electronic circuit, the human eye...what would fit with your topic? KEYWORDS: Your topic + Model

Get Creative - Make your own infomercial, podcast, video, informational campaign about your topic to let others know about what you’ve learned.

Involve Others - Find a lesson plan you could do on your own or with the class related to your field of study. Is your project related to peace, social action, leadership or other change? Try starting right here in class and with your fellow students to convince others to make a change for the better. Is your project related to literature? Try starting a discussion board around your favorite author’s works or themes.
Here are GREAT resources to find technology tools to expand and support your ideas -
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Project Artifacts
Application | Analysis | Evaluation | Synthesis & Creation


Ideas for project activities organized by levels of thinking. Use the topic starters and ideas for tech use and projects to create your own tasks.


Application - Ability to use learned material in a new situation; apply rules, laws, methods, theories.

Actions
Topic Starters
Project Ideas
Changes
Classify
Complete
Construct
Demonstrate
Examine
Illustrate
Operate
Show
Solve
Use
Do you know another instance where...?
Could this have happened in...?
Can you group by characteristics such as...?
What factors would you change if...?
Can you apply the method used to some experience of your own...?
What questions would you ask of...?
From the information given, can you develop a set of instructions about...?
Would this information be useful if you had a ...?
Construct a model to demonstrate how it will work.
Make a diorama to illustrate an important event.
Make a scrapbook about the areas of study.
Make a paper-mache map to include relevant information about an event/place.
Take a collection of photographs to demonstrate a particular point.
Make up a puzzle game showing the ideas from the study area.
Make a clay model of an item in the material.
Write a textbook about... for others.

More: diary, collection, photographs, diagram, sculpture, diorama, scrapbook, mobile, model, illustration

Tools:
Google Sketchup - A 3-D Drawing Tool (needs computer install to work)
Pipes - Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
Wikipedia - create and/or edit an entry based on your research
Scribble Maps - create your own map
Gliffy - Create an online diagram
Flickr - upload organize and create your own photo album related to your topic
JeopardyLabs - Create your own Jeopardy game
Smores.com - Create instant fliers/posters online
Pixorial - online movie upload, editing and sharing
Make a Board Game
A note about Jeopardy games - be consistent with the types of questions you ask at each level of the hierarchy - for example, all 5 point or 100 dollar questions (lowest/easiest) could be true/false, allowing participants to guess. The next level (10 point or 200 dollar questions) could be multiple choice with three option/answers and the following level (15 point or 300 dollar questions) might have an 'all of the above' choice or multiple answers would be correct. The highest level should be open ended questions.
Analysis - Breaking down into parts; understanding organization, clarifying, concluding.

Actions
Topic Starters
Project Ideas
Advertise
Analyze
Breaks down
Categorize
Compare
Contrast
Discriminate
Distinguish
Explain
Identify
Investigate
Relates
Separate
Subdivide
Which events could have happened...?
If ... happened, how might history have been different?
How was this similar to...?
What was the underlying theme of...?
What do you see as other possible outcomes?
Why did ... changes occur?
Can you explain what must have happened when...?
How is ... similar to ...?
What are some of the problems of...?
Can you distinguish between...?
What were some of the motives behind...?
What was the problem with...?
Design a questionnaire to gather information.
Conduct an investigation to produce information to support a view.
Make a flow chart to show the critical stages.
Construct a graph to illustrate selected information.
Make a family tree showing relationships.
Put on a play about the study area.
Write a biography of the study person.
Prepare a report about the area of study.
Review a work of art in terms of form, color and texture.

More: Graph, survey, questionnaire, commercial, report, diagram, chart

Tools:
Survey Monkey - online survey creation
PollDaddy - online poll creator
Create a Graph - Easy graph maker
Google Trends - See graphs of search terms over time
Footnote - online historical document archive

Evaluation - Ability to judge value for purpose; base on criteria; support judgment with reason. (No guessing).

Actions
Topic Starters
Project Ideas
Argue
Assess
Choose
Court trial
Debate
Decide
Determine
Discuss
Group discussion
Judge
Justify
News item
Panel
Prioritize
Rate
Recommend
Recommendation Letter
Select
Self-evaluation
Verify
Is there a better solution to...
Judge the value of...
Can you defend your position about...?
Do you think ... is a good or a bad thing?
How would you have handled...?
What changes to ... would you recommend?
Do you believe?
Are you a ... person?
How would you feel if...?
How effective are...?
What do you think about...?
Prepare a list of criteria to judge a ... show. Indicate priority and ratings.
Conduct a debate about an issue of special interest.
Make a booklet about 5 rules you see as important. Convince others.
Form a panel to discuss views, eg "Learning at School."
Write a letter to ... advising on changes needed at...
Prepare a case to present your view about...

More: Appraises, criticizes, compares, supports, concludes, discriminates, contrasts, summarizes, explains.

Tools:

iRubric - build online rubrics or look through library of existing examples
Rubistar - see above



Synthesis & Creation - Ability to put parts together to form a new whole; unique communication; set of abstract relations

Actions
Topic Starters
Project Ideas
Combines
Compiles
Composes
Construct
Create
Design
Devise
Formulate
Imagine
Invent
Plan
Predict
Propose
Rearrange
Can you design a ... to ...?
Can you see a possible solution to...?
If you had access to all resources how would you deal with...?
Why don't you devise your own way to deal with...?
What would happen if...?
How many ways can you...?
Can you create new and unusual uses for...?
Can you write a new recipe for a tasty dish?
Can you develop a proposal which would...
Design a building to house your study.
Write about your feelings in relation to...
Write a TV show, play, puppet show, role play, song or pantomime about...?
Design a record, book, or magazine for...?
Make up a new language code and write material using it.
Compose a rhythm or put new words to a known melody.

More: Story, poem, play, song, news article, magazine, radio show, game, puppet show, advertisement, invention

Tools:
Nota - Online mashup of content and ideas
Glogster EDU - create online posters of graphics, text and other media
Voicethread - create online presentations - narrated by you!
Prezi - online presentation tool
Pixorial - online video editing and sharing


Other tools for knowledge gathering or models for creating your own products:

Bubbl.us - Online idea/mind mapping
ExploraTree - online thinking guides/mind mapping
Evernote - organize all your stuff
Google News Timeline
Wolfram Alpha - Computational Knowledge Engine
Go2Web2.0 - Web Application Index
ePortfolio - online portfolio creation
LinoIt - online stickies

Design resources:
Google Sketch-up
Urban Barn __http://www.urbanbarn.com/Room-Planner__
LucidChart
Floorplanner __http://www.floorplanner.com/__
Home Styler __http://www.homestyler.com/__


Other tools and ideas - What Do I Do When I'm Finished?