The Independent Reading Visual Representation Mini-PBL will challenge the students to become life-long, independent readers and share their love of reading with their classmates. Students will choose an independent reading book they completed this school year and use digital fabrication to create a visual representation of an element of the book as a way to expand the reach of Tennessee’s Imagination Library Program into the adolescent years. The fabricated piece should show a depth of understanding of the elements of the learning target, such as theme or character development, and be used in a book share presentation of the book to the class.
~ Independent reading book (summer reading – completed)
~ Access to digital fabrication machines such as a vinyl cutter, a laser cutter, a Carvey, and/or a CNC Router
~ Access to fabrication materials such as cardboard, foam board, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, vinyl, and other materials
~ Access to analog materials such as paper, colored pencils, markers, paint, felt, fabric, scissors, glue, tape, and other materials
~ In this project, students will plan, sketch, and create a visual representation of a character and/or theme element of their summer independent reading book using a variety of digital fabrication techniques. ~ Students will then present their visual representations to their class as well as during the STEM Showcase for families and community members at the end of the semester.
*Most of this work is completed during independent reading/work time – see Unit Plan and Pacing Guide for details: