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.
Innovation Presentation Ideas (projects for elementary students)
- Create a poster
- Make a PowerPoint presentation – You can use presentation tools or templates to guide your students and make the process easier.
- Design a model
- Make a shoebox diorama
- Use a 3-panel display board
- Make a timeline
- Create a board game incorporating key elements
- Write a poem
- Write and perform a skit
- Make a TV or radio commercial
- Make a collage
- Make a mobile
- Create a test about the topic
- Make a word search
- Make a crossword puzzle
- Write a report
- Create a flow chart or diagram
- Write an interview of a relevant person
- Create questions and an answer key
- Write journal/diary entries
- Write a postcard or letter exchange
- Create a scrapbook
- Create a photo album
- Make an instructional video
- Give a presentation
- Create an interactive notebook
- Create a set of task cards
- Make a pamphlet or brochure
- Write a newspaper article
- Perform a puppet show
- Hold a debate
- Hold a mock court case
- Create an episode of a reality show
- Create a game show
- Have a panel discussion of “experts”
- Compose a rap or other song
- Use a Venn diagram to compare two aspects of the topic
- Design a comic strip about the topic
- Create a children’s story about the topic
- Create a map
- Write a fable or myth about the topic
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- Create a help wanted ad and a letter/resume to answer it
- Write a text message dialogue relevant to the topic
- Write a series of tweets relevant to the topic
- Create a Facebook wall relative to the topic
- Create a Pinterest board relative to the topic
- Start a blog or explore other website ideas for students to share their knowledge on the topic at hand
- Decorate a box and fill with relevant objects
- Create a foldable
- Create a flip book
- Create a Cootie Catcher
- Create a cereal based on the topic (cover a cereal box)
- Assemble a time capsule
- Create several bookmarks about different aspects of the topic
- Write a recipe relevant to the topic (good for showing causes of an event)
- Do a newscast
- Write an acrostic poem
- Create an Internet scavenger hunt
- Write an advice column with several problems related to the topic
- Create flash cards or trivia cards
- Create a cheer relevant to the topic
- Make a short documentary film
- 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
- Create a top 10 list relevant to the topic
- Create a simple video game
- Make a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story
- Create a mini book with one fact/idea per page
- Create a glossary of relevant terms
- 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
- 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.
- Create an interactive website or blog to present the research or project
- Design an engaging infographic to illustrate key concepts
- Host a podcast episode or series related to the topic
- Collaborate with other students to create a short film or documentary
Creative Study Guide Ideas for High School and College Students
- Develop a mind map to connect and visualize key concepts
- Create flashcards with illustrations or mnemonics to aid memory
- Design a flowchart to outline the steps or stages of a process
- Develop an interactive quiz or game to test knowledge
- Collaborate with classmates to create a shared study guide or resource
Online Projects for Students (for use on various presentation websites)
- Create a virtual museum or gallery showcasing a specific topic or theme
- Develop a web-based learning module or tutorial
- Collaborate with other students to create a virtual event or conference
- Design a digital escape room focused on a particular subject. Read more about how you can make your own escape room!
- Play around with augmented reality! Read about Quiver.
- 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
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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.
You can get 15 of these ideas with student instruction sheets and grading rubrics with Ready-to-Use Creative Book Reports.