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Create a Fall Festival Float

Students will identify key traits of their town or the area where they live. They will incorporate those traits into a "float" that they build for a fall festival.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, create a list of special events that are held in your area each year. Identify the purpose and encourage students to share their favorite parts of each. 
  2. Using that list as a starting point, challenge students to identify the most important traits of your town. For example, what are the main industries? What are the most newsworthy events in the town's history? What is the cultural background of the people who live in the area? 
  3. Inform students that they will use those ideas to create a "float" that represents their town. As an added challenge, their "floats" must be appropriate for a fall festival.
  4. Divide the class into small groups or pairs. Provide supplies, such as shoe boxes and art supplies, or have students bring them from home. Give students time to conceptualize and create their fall festival "floats."

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite each group or pair to present its float to the class. Instruct classmates to identify the key traits portrayed in each float. Challenge students to recognize at least one element that links each float to the fall season.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:    

Grades 3-4:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Prior to conducting this activity, brainstorm ideas as a class for ways that students can link their floats to the fall season. Remind students that their floats should also include important traits of the area where they live. Give groups time to complete their floats. Compare and contrast the results.

Grades 5-6:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Prior to conducting the activity, have the class identify three things related to the town that each float should include. You may also wish to brainstorm ideas as a class for ways that students can link their floats to the fall season. Give groups time to complete their floats. Compare and contrast the results.

Grades 7-8:
Have students complete the activity with a partner. Inform students that each float must include elements related to the industry, recreation, culture and history of your area. Remind students that all floats must also have a fall theme. Give partners time to complete their floats. Compare and contrast the results.

Grades 9-10:
Have students complete the activity with a partner. Inform students that their fall festival floats must include elements related the industry, recreation and culture of the area. Floats must also include at least one element that relates to the history of your town for each century from the time it was founded until now. If pairs seek an added challenge, they could find a way to incorporate some sort of simple, moveable object into their creations. Give pairs time to complete their floats. Compare and contrast the results.