45 Ways For Kids To Demonstrate Their Learning

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There are many different ways that students can demonstrate their learning. One of the things I like to do to create opportunities for kids to be successful, is to provide them with different ways they can show their learning. Sometimes students find it hard to think of how to show their learning so I created this chart of suggestions. Download the chart of “Show What You Know” ideas and start using in your classroom today!

🐝 What does “show what you know” mean?

“Show What You Know” means exactly what’d you think. Kids find different ways to show their learning to you. The ideas in the download provide different options students can use when they are given an assignment. The options are meant to address different learning styles – visual, auditory and kinesthetic.

The chart gives students choices in how they complete assignments. The “Show What You Know Chart is just one of the ideas in 101 Teaching Writing Ideas.

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list of 45 ways kids can demonstrate their writing

🐝 45 Ways For Kids to Demonstrate Their Learning

βœ… Idea #1 – Write a Newspaper Article

Students can demonstrate their learning by writing a newspaper article about a topic or skill they have learned. The parts of a newspaper article that students can include in their article are:

  • headline
  • introductory paragraph
  • body paragraph (s)
  • photos, diagrams, illustrations, etc.
  • concluding paragraph

Reading the details provided in the newspaper articles kids write will help you understand what they have learned.

βœ… Idea #2 – Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal is a way that students can show what they know. As students write in a journal, they can

  • reflect on what they have learned.
  • develop their communication skills.
  • self-assess their own learning.

You can use the journals as a type of formative assessment. As you read the entries in the journals, you’ll be able to determine what students have internalized about a topic of study.

βœ… Idea #3 – Create a Piece of Artwork

Creating a piece of artwork is another way that students can demonstrate their learning. Students can demonstrate their learning through art by:

  • visually representing the concepts they have learned.
  • telling a story or sharing information through their artwork.
  • integrating what they learned in other subject areas with their art.

Be sure to ask students about their artwork to determine their thinking behind the artwork they created and how it relates to the topic or concept being studied.

βœ… Idea #4 – Write a Blogpost

If you use technology in your classroom, students can write a blogpost to show what they have learned about a concept or topic. Your blogpost should include:

  • heading
  • introductory paragraph
  • write about learning
  • concluding paragraph

After students write their blogpost, they can work through the revising and editing process before they publish to the web. By reading through the blogpost, teachers can get a better understanding of what a student knows about a topic.

βœ… Idea #5 – Make a Picture Book

Kids can create a picture book to demonstrate their learning. To create the picture book, students can:

  • come up with a title based on the topic.
  • create a storyline or order for their book.
  • plan what content they want to include.
  • add text if they want to provide additional information.

After students compile their book, they should revise and edit the book before they present it to their class or show it to their family. The information students provide in the picture book will show what they know about the topic or concept of the book.

βœ… Idea #6 – Create a Comic Book

Making a comic book helps students to share what they have learned in a creative way. Students must:

  • decide what content they want to include.
  • plan how they want to present the information.
  • use words and visuals to share their story.

The content of the comic book will give you a good idea of what the students have learned and if they are able to present their learnings to others using this format.

βœ… Idea #7 – Put Together a Photo Journal

Putting together a photo journal is a great opportunity for kids to show others what they know about a topic. As students create their photo journal, they must:

  • select images that represent their topic.
  • present the images in a logical sequence.
  • provide captions that identify the significance of each image.

By looking at the images and reading the captions, you can determine what students know and what they still need to learn about a topic or concept being studied in class.

βœ… Idea #8 – Write a Poem

Some students might like to write a poem to demonstrate their learning. Poems provide students with:

  • a creative way to showcase their learning in different subject areas.
  • the opportunity to connect emotions to their topic and to connect with those that read their poem.

Word choice and phrasing can help students convey their learning and get their message across to their readers. You can gain insights into student learning by analyzing the content of the poems that students write.

βœ… Idea #9 – Keep a Learning Log

Keeping a learning log is a great way for kids to show what they know. A learning long can show:

  • the knowledge students gain over time.
  • the depth of their understanding.
  • the connections students make between previous and new learning.

A learning log is the perfect place for students to write down what they know and understand about a topic. You can use these learningΒ  logs to see how much your students have learned and where they might need support or further instruction.

βœ… Idea #10 – Draw a Diagram

When students draw a diagram they demonstrate their learning in a number of different ways. They:

  • visually represent their understanding.
  • have to organize their information in a way that makes sense.
  • identify key concepts they have learned.

You can see what students have learned about a topic based on the information they put in their diagrams.

βœ… Idea #11 – Make a Poster

Making a poster is a fun and effective way to encourage learning and demonstrate their understanding about a topic. To create a poster students need to:Β 

  • Choose the topic for their poster.
  • Research and brainstorm what information they will put on their poster.
  • Identify the key points to include.
  • Plan the poster layout.
  • Create the poster.
  • Edit and revise if needed.
  • Display the poster.

By working through the process to create their poster, students will deepen their understanding of the topic and show you what they know.

βœ… Idea #12 – Write a How-To Book

Writing a how-to book is a creative way for kids to show you what they have learned about a topic. To make a how-to book, kids need to:

  • choose a topic.
  • plan and outline their how-to book.
  • gather the materials for their book.
  • write clear step-by-step instructions.
  • illustrate the different steps.
  • compile and bind their book.
  • share their book with others.

The how-to book shows what they have learned about a topic as they write and illustrate the directions. In order to teach others how t0 do something, kids need to understand the topic themselves. Creating a how-to book gives students an opportunity to show what they have learned about a topic in a practical way.

βœ… Idea #13 – Create a Mind Map

When your students create mind maps they are visually demonstrating what they know about a topic. The steps to creating a mind map include:

  • choose the topic
  • write the central idea in a circle in the middle of the page
  • draw lines (branches) from the central idea that identify key words or phrases about the central idea
  • add sub-branches from each of the branches that add further key words or phrases
  • write further words or phrases or draw pictures related to the branches and sub-branches
  • connect ideas that go together on the mind map

The mind map will show you whether a student has a grasp on the central idea of a topic and will visually show you the connections they have made about the topic through the branches and sub-topics on the mind map.Β 

βœ… Idea #14 – Make a Power Point Presentation

Making a power point presentation is another way students can demonstrate their learning about a topic. Teachers can look at:

  • the content the students put in their presentation.
  • how the students organized the presentation.
  • the visuals that were added to the presentation to determine if they were appropriate for the topic.

Power Point Presentations will allow you to formatively assess what students have learned about a topic so you can determine if additional lessons or instruction is needed.

βœ… Idea #15 – Fill in a Response Journal

A response journal can be a valuable tool for students to demonstrate what they have learned. Students can:

  • reflect on what they have learned.
  • identify questions or things they don’t understand.
  • make personal connections to the topic.

You can learn a lot by reading the response journals your students create. You might consider providing students with sentence starters or target questions to give them ideas for writing in their journals.

βœ… Idea #16 – Write a Sequel

Students use their knowledge of a story or novel they have studied in class. To write a sequel, students can:

  • review the original story
  • develop the new plot while keeping in mind the events from the original
  • maintain consistency with the original story
  • create a conflict
  • build suspense
  • have character(s) resolve the conflict
  • revise and edit
  • publish sequel

Students demonstrate the knowledge they have learned from the first story when they apply and extend their learning to the sequel they create.

βœ… Idea #17 – Make a Time Line

Making a time line helps students demonstrate their learning because it:

  • provides a visual representation of what students have learned.
  • requires students to organize the events in a logical sequence.
  • allows students to see relationships between the events.

Timelines allow students to show their understanding of the material as well as promoting their critical thinking skills.

βœ… Idea #18 – Take Part in a Debate

Students can take part in a debate to show what they know about a topic. Taking part in a debate allows students to:

  • show the depth of their understanding about a topic.
  • distinguish between sound and unsound reasoning.
  • present their knowledge in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • demonstrate their active listening skills.
  • work as part of a team.

Taking part in a debate is a great skill for students to learn as they will use the skills they develop later in life.

βœ… Idea #19 – Teach Someone

Teaching someone is a great way to determine what kids know. It helps kids:

  • solidify their learning.
  • apply what they learned in another context.
  • answer questions about topic from others.
  • builds confidence.
βœ… Idea #20 – Ask Questions
βœ… Idea #21 – Make a Speech
βœ… Idea #22 – Put on a Puppet Play
βœ… Idea #23 – Participate in Reader’s Theatre
βœ… Idea #24 – Write a Chapter Book
βœ… Idea #25 – Paint a Picture
βœ… Idea #26 – Give an Oral Presentation
βœ… Idea #27 – Tell a Story
βœ… Idea #28 – Talk About Observations
βœ… Idea #29 – Use a Text to Speech Presentation
βœ… Idea #30 – Compose a Song
βœ… Idea #31 – Conduct an Interview
βœ… Idea #32 – Give an Oral Report
βœ… Idea #33 – Participate in a Discussion
βœ… Idea #34 – Put Learning to Music
βœ… Idea #35 – Participate in a Game
βœ… Idea #36 – Make a Video
βœ… Idea #37 – Create a Dance
βœ… Idea #38 – Act Out a Scene From a Book
βœ… Idea #39 – Conduct an Experiment
βœ… Idea #40 – Create a Demonstration
βœ… Idea #41 – Role Play Knowledge
βœ… Idea #42 – Make a Diorama
βœ… Idea #43 – Design a Movement Game
βœ… Idea #44 – Create a Model
βœ… Idea #45 – Complete a Hands-On Activity

🐝 How To Use The “Show What You Know” Reference Guide:

  1. Provide each student with a “Show What You Know” reference guide.
  2. Give students an assignment.
  3. Students use the reference guide to decide how they are going to complete the assignment.

🐝 Action Step: 

Download the reference guide and start using with your studentsΒ on one of their assignments. Assignments could be part of your language arts program or in one of the content areas.

🐝 The Show What You Know strategy is one of the many ideas found in 101 Writing Ideas.

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