One of my favorite projects that we did last year was our Liter Leader Project. This was an integrated unit that ended with the kids created superhero "leaders" out of 2-liter bottles. We first did some research on important leaders, learning about non-fiction text features, research and a five-paragraph essay format. We tied in capacity from math, character traits ... all kinds of things! Then we used some of our fiction writing skills to create a superhero alter-ego for the character. It sounds crazy, but it really sparked their creative energy! See some of our work below:
Please pardon the old pictures - they're a year old now! :)
"Discovering" this old project has inspired me - how can I use a similar idea as we move into capacity/geometry/poetry? Hmmmm ... this might be my weekend project!