When I taught middle school- my final project for 8th graders was to
design and construct a "board" game -with strategy, directions, game pieces
etc... They did this as a group by table (4 students per table). It was
extremely guided with specific due dates for initial materials-needed list,
proposal for the strategy/design, final instruction sheet, final game board
design, auxiliary pieces and finally "GAME DAY" where the students got to
play the games (2 days @ 10-15 minutes per game). The students evaluated
each game by the games visual appeal, ease of instructions, and funability.
They also got to grade each person in their own group. It was a lot of fun
and if I remember correctly- they learned a bit about design too!
-By the way, I am going back to the middle school for my last block-
enrollment in HS art is down and budget cuts forces me to split my day
between the two schools. Unfortunately, only 2 classes will be offered at
the middle school during the school year- so there will be many kids who will
no longer have an art experience. This is very depressing- but thank God its
Kathy in Kalamazoo