I am forever looking for things to do with the giant closet doors in my classroom. I was growing weary of the following: traditional “motivational” posters, content based posters, and individual student work. I wanted something that all the students could feel like they had a part in creating.
Enter my immersion wall…well, closet actually. I had been to a workshop that focus on how to immerse students in thematic unit. Oddly, my inspiration came from seeing a teacher and her class create a “rainforest” in the corner of their classroom. I loved the idea of diving into a unit and building apart of in it unused space. So in my mind, I blended that idea with a word wall.
Student groups each had a 1/3 of a closet to complete an objective and design as part of our Narrative Writing and Poetry unit. This project took only 2 45 minute classes from explanation through completion. The first class, most groups planned/researched/etc and the second class was used for formatting/printing/hanging their work. Groups had one of the following tasks:
- Take a poll of our class on a question pertaining to poetry. Graph the results (math cross connection)
- Create a poem out of pictures (visual arts cross connection)
- Find 5 quotes about poetry by poets
- Create an acrostic poem about poetry, using the word “poetry”
- Research a famous poet and find 2 of their most famous works
- Find words that rhyme with “8” (We are an 8th grade class - they challenged themselves to come up with 88 words WITHOUT a rhyming dictionary. They came up with incredible words.)
Overall, it was quite successful. We had just finished a very serious writing unit and needed something cooperative to boost them up before tackling Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, and our novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird. And they are proud to see their creation!
I’m sure that this can be applied a million ways to a million grades and subjects. Mine is simple but I can see amazing things. Go for it!