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Submitted by: I Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
From: SLC, Utah
Date Submitted: August 23, 2001

Beforehand, go to a favorite local restaurant and ask the manager if you could have a class set of the "left-over" containers. (If you cannot find a restaurant that is willing to donate some or give at a minimal cost, big warehouse stores such as "Sam's Club" or "Costco" also carry them for a small cost.) You could do this activity with a variety of different subjects- whether it becomes a book report in reading or a cumulative project after studying a social studies unit, the possibilities are endless. I give each student a box. Their assignment is to color and cut out pictures of things that remain "left" in their minds even after the unit is "over!" They can decorate the top of their box, but on the inside is where you'll find the good stuff! For example, if my students do this project after finishing a novel, I might suggest that they construct something in the "dessert" section of the box that was their favorite part. In the "meat" section might be where they describe the plot of the book. In the area where you might put a "side dish", could be where students draw and describe the characters from the book, etc. The more 3-dimensional the diorama is, the better! These make a really cute display on a classroom shelf once they are finished sharing with their classmates.


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