Here's a fantastic idea for students who finish early:
Encourage early finishers create a tutorial video for the next time you teach the project they just completed! Students love to become the teacher, and they also love working together with their classmates, it's a win-win!
Here are some of my third grade students creating a landscape in oil pastels inspired by Hundertwasser. They’re working collaboratively to demonstrate the process and record it using a stop-motion program called Koma Koma. This would work equally well if they took video, but the magic of watching a piece of art construct itself is pretty engaging!
This is also a great way to assess student learning and reinforce techniques through repetition. The conversations these students had while cooperating was incredibly telling of what stuck with them from the lesson!
I’m excited to use their examples when I teach this unit next year!