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Thursday, July 2, 2009


A student-created collage can be used to introduce, teach, or review a concept. This activity allows students to interact with course material using modern day images that represent a specific item.

Materials: Magazines
Poster board or large pieces of construction paper
Glue sticks


1. Divide the class into groups of four.
2. Each group cuts pictures from magazines that represent the main points of the topic given. For example, please find pictures that represent the ten major presidential actions during George Washington’s administration. The students then will create and label a collage using these pictures. See sample a picture of a collage below.
3. Each picture must be cut out, glued to the poster board or construction paper, and labeled as to what it represents.
4. Each group presents their collage to the rest of the class explaining what their pictures represent.

Note: This can be done as an individual or pairs activity instead of groups. Never forget that not all classes can work in groups of four; sometimes two and threes are better. Students who talk off topic instead of work within the group need to work alone. It is amazing how fast students learn to work together if forced to do the entire assignment alone.

The picture below is a collage I always did in my own classroom during the first week of school. I was teaching procedures for success and how to do a teaching strategy at the same time. I hope the quality is good enough to give you an idea of how a collage will look like.

Collage Demo

To download these pictures click on the slide show, in the resulting window right click on the image and select "save picture as".

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