72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know

Toss that Test Aside!

As we all know, students already get plenty of tests, so why not let your elementary students show what they learned creatively? Whether your students are reading independent books or your class has just finished an inquiry project on space or pioneers, a culminating project can really cement that learning. Whether you’re focused on building academics or building character, we have some great ideas!

Here are 72+ fun presentation ideas for elementary students to show what they know, including presentation ideas, simple service projects for schools, and community service projects. These ideas are perfect for making learning more engaging and fun for younger students.

72 Creative Ways to show what students know

Innovation Presentation Ideas (projects for elementary students)

  1. Create a poster
  2. Make a PowerPoint presentation – You can use presentation tools or templates to guide your students and make the process easier.
  3. Design a model
  4. Make a shoebox diorama
  5. Use a 3-panel display board
  6. Make a timeline
  7. Create a board game incorporating key elements
  8. Write a poem
  9. Write and perform a skit
  10. Make a TV or radio commercial
  11. Make a collage
  12. Make a mobile
  13. Create a test about the topic
  14. Make a word search
  15. Make a crossword puzzle
  16. Write a report
  17. Create a flow chart or diagram
  18. Write an interview of a relevant person
  19. Create questions and an answer key
  20. Write journal/diary entries
  21. Write a postcard or letter exchange
  22. Create a scrapbook
  23. Create a photo album
  24. Make an instructional video
  25. Give a presentation
  26. Create an interactive notebook
  27. Create a set of task cards
  28. Make a pamphlet or brochure
  29. Write a newspaper article
  30. Perform a puppet show
  31. Hold a debate
  32. Hold a mock court case
  33. Create an episode of a reality show
  34. Create a game show
  35. Have a panel discussion of “experts”
  36. Compose a rap or other song
  37. Use a Venn diagram to compare two aspects of the topic
  38. Design a comic strip about the topic
  39. Create a children’s story about the topic
  40. Create a map
  41. Write a fable or myth about the topic

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  1. Create a help wanted ad and a letter/resume to answer it
  2. Write a text message dialogue relevant to the topic
  3. Write a series of tweets relevant to the topic
  4. Create a Facebook wall relative to the topic
  5. Create a Pinterest board relative to the topic
  6. Start a blog or explore other website ideas for students to share their knowledge on the topic at hand
  7. Decorate a box and fill with relevant objects
  8. Create a foldable
  9. Create a flip book
  10. Create a Cootie Catcher
  11. Create a cereal based on the topic (cover a cereal box)
  12. Assemble a time capsule
  13. Create several bookmarks about different aspects of the topic
  14. Write a recipe relevant to the topic (good for showing causes of an event)
  15. Do a newscast
  16. Write an acrostic poem
  17. Create an Internet scavenger hunt
  18. Write an advice column with several problems related to the topic
  19. Create flash cards or trivia cards
  20. Create a cheer relevant to the topic
  21. Make a short documentary film
  22. Create a museum exhibit, an informational presentation format that doesn’t rely on technology, allowing students to express their understanding in a tangible, hands-on way
  23. Create a top 10 list relevant to the topic
  24. Create a simple video game
  25. Make a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story
  26. Create a mini book with one fact/idea per page
  27. Create a glossary of relevant terms
  28. Make a paper chain with a different fact for each link
  29. Make a flower with a different fact for each petal
  30. Write a handbook or instruction book
  31. Create a newsletter
  32. Design a mural related to the topic
  33. Create a quiz show-style game for classmates to participate in
  34. Build a diorama using LEGO bricks or other building materials
  35. Develop a trivia board game related to the topic, like historical events
  36. Create an infographic to illustrate key concepts
  37. Design a 3D model or sculpture using clay, cardboard, or other materials
  38. Create a short animation or stop-motion video about the topic
  39. Organize a class art gallery featuring artwork inspired by the topic
  40. Make a digital storybook or eBook on the topic
  41. Write a series of short stories or a novella related to the topic
  42. Create a virtual reality experience or simulation about the topic
  43.  Implement a Genius Hour where students can discuss their passions!

For High School and College Students

While the ideas above are mainly geared towards elementary students, middle school, high school, and college students can also benefit from exploring creative presentations and projects.

The following sections provide additional suggestions for older students looking for unique ways to showcase their knowledge.

Creative Presentation Ideas for High School and College Students

  1. Develop a multimedia presentation slides, PowerPoint, or Google Slides) using video, audio, and visual elements. The entire presentation can be recorded and the video presentation can be shared with the appropriate audience.
  2. Create an interactive website or blog to present the research or project
  3. Design an engaging infographic to illustrate key concepts
  4. Host a podcast episode or series related to the topic
  5. Collaborate with other students to create a short film or documentary

Creative Study Guide Ideas for High School and College Students

  1. Develop a mind map to connect and visualize key concepts
  2. Create flashcards with illustrations or mnemonics to aid memory
  3. Design a flowchart to outline the steps or stages of a process
  4. Develop an interactive quiz or game to test knowledge
  5. Collaborate with classmates to create a shared study guide or resource

Online Projects for Students (for use on various presentation websites)

  1. Create a virtual museum or gallery showcasing a specific topic or theme
  2. Develop a web-based learning module or tutorial
  3. Collaborate with other students to create a virtual event or conference
  4. Design a digital escape room focused on a particular subject. Read more about how you can make your own escape room!
  5. Play around with augmented reality! Read about Quiver.
  6. Create an online community or forum for discussing and sharing ideas related to a specific area of study

As you can see, there are numerous creative presentation ideas without PowerPoint that students can use to showcase their own learning and understanding. From elementary students to high school and college project ideas, these innovative activities provide a fun and engaging way to demonstrate learning and foster a deeper understanding of the material.

10 Simple Service Projects for Schools

  1. Organize a school supplies drive for a local school in need
  2. Set up a creative activities workshop for students at a nearby preschool or kindergarten
  3. Create a community service project focused on environmental conservation
  4. Partner with a local food bank to organize a food drive
  5. Volunteer at a local food pantry to help distribute goods to those in need
  6. Plan a school-wide clean-up day to beautify the campus
  7. Organize a clothing or toy drive for a local children’s shelter
  8. Develop a tutoring program for younger students in need of academic assistance
  9. Coordinate a school-wide recycling initiative to promote sustainability
  10. Host a charity fundraiser event to support a cause important to your school community

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  3. Awesome Hands-On End of Year Projects – Explore a variety of hands-on projects perfect for wrapping up the school year, keeping students engaged and motivated as the summer break approaches.
  4. Hands-On Projects for Creative and Critical Thinking – Dive into a selection of hands-on projects that promote creative and critical thinking skills, making learning an interactive and enjoyable experience for students.
  5. Make Project-Based Learning Fit Your Students’ Needs – Learn how to adapt project-based learning to suit the unique needs of your students, ensuring they get the most out of these engaging and educational experiences.

By exploring these additional resources, you’ll find even more creative ideas and strategies to enhance your students’ learning experiences and promote their growth in and out of the classroom.

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37 thoughts on “72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know”

  1. This is a great list to honor different learning styles! I recently blogged about how we used a jeopardy game to enhance learning the school code of conduct, and I'm always a fan of making class books to reinforce concepts!
    I'll be trying more of these – thanks, Rachel!
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

      1. I already have the slogan for the cereal brand. It’s about The great fire of London btw.
        The slogan is “This will burn your mouth like it burned down 1300 homes”

  2. I am Bullyproof Music - Lessia Bonn

    Brilliant list! Wow! To answer your question; #8 yes #9 yes #24 – do that video one lot. LOVE these and will try many more. Feeling inspired 🙂

    btw on #33? Well.. actually.. I created and produced an SBTV show called "Enlightenment Stew". 3 minute hodge podge of monologues every week full of humor/wisdom. Put my students on it a lot. We had a blast and report back was "We learn to much!"

    This list is really cool.

  3. Love this list! I find it's best to give kids 3-5 choices. Otherwise they get overwhelmed! This list is great because it will help me change it up so the choices I offer aren't always the same ones.

  4. Funny…don't see take a state test…take a quarterly benchmark…take a unit pre/post test…sure wish we had time for these!

    1. I don’t think tests are a way to show information, they’re more of a way to see if students understand what they’re doing.

  5. Love this list! Thanks! I do assign a lot of these types of assignments already, but do find myself resorting to tests sometimes (although I like to use different, more "FUN" or in depth versions of tests) simply because our assessment policies indicate that we ought to only assess work that is done in class, i.e. that we can observe being completed so that we can assess the process & have conversations about the learning as well as to assess the final product. I have trouble, even when I tell students that work has to be done in class, and have routines to remind them to leave work in an assigned location each period, ensuring that no one takes it home. Then accusations about fairness begin. I'd love any suggestions! I teach middle school.

    Tammy @ Teaching FSL

  6. Heather Rempel

    I used the wanted poster idea. My grade 2/3 students created wanted posters for 3-D shapes. They were able to use the attributes of the shapes to describe the wanted shape and had to find an example of that shape to add an image for the poster. We used it for an artwork piece by ripping the edges and staining them with tea to look old. Great media literacy(posters) activity as well as math. The whole school got involved when we posted them around the school. We had students dropping by the room all day long to show us the shapes they had captured for us. My students even made these students bringing us shapes count the vertices and faces to prove that they had captured the right shape. It really engaged everyone. I look forward to using some of your other great ideas.

    1. I love this!! I’m a pre-service teacher in 1st grade and may actually use this tomorrow in class! The art idea is very fun and I think this a great way to make math engaging.

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  9. Wow! I really love this list! I’m a teacher in an elementary school in Albuquerque, New Mexico and my students absolutely love these ideas. They enjoy writing fun little acrostic poems and what not and constantly say “Mrs Garcia, can we please do more!” It’s so great watching their eyes fill with understanding when they do these little tasks! My personal favourite is making a reality TV show. It really makes me laugh when I see a bunch of 9-year-olds acting in such a funny way! It really expresses their knowledge in a fun way that keeps them interested and keeps me happy! Thanks so much for this list.

    María Garcia

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  11. Very nice Ideas regarding classroom projects. I think such projects if applied in classroom will make a big difference in teaching and learning.

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  14. Wow! Thank you for sharing this!

    I actually enrolled my kids in the enrichment programs of http://www.georgia.edu.ph, an International School in the Philippines, so they can enhance their skills in the field of Arts and Music. Since you’ve mentioned that these creative ways can help me see the improvements i my child, we will definitely try them at home. Hope you can share more articles like soon, it really is very helpful for parents. More power to your blog!

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