We wrapped up our unit on the California Regions (complete with a popcorn-infused “movie day” at home to watch “Over California” which we rented from Netflix…). The cards my son made for all the regions ended up filling one single page, plus one full 2-page spread. The photo above is (obviously) the 2-page spread.
As he progressed to later cards, I didn’t press the issue of filling out a lot of written “fact-tags”. Our study covered SO much reading, studying, discussion, imagery, etc., that I really feel the things he learned which truly “stuck” will come to him each time he looks at specific images. I am resisting the natural urge to allow this project to become little more than colorful worksheets. We are still getting a feel for what works well for us and what doesn’t.
The fact that my 4th grader can be a messy gluer aside (lol), I think the pages turned out good. I also love the fact that as he looks through them, he is flooded with memories of all the hours upon hours we spent together learning the material and working on the project. That time spent together connecting and corroborating is easily as valuable as the information learned, if not more so.