Our fifth grade Ember citizens have been very busy recreating the city of Ember. The mural is split into three sections – the bottom third is the Pipeworks, the middle section is the actual city and the top is what the students thought outside of Ember would look like. We did this activity in conjunction with our novel study of The City of Ember.
We posted large post-its around the room with each section as the header. Students got to choose which section they wanted to work on and the places they wanted to create from the book. The conversations that came from this activity were excellent – the students critically thought about aspects of the setting, plot and characters. As the students were working, they had their picture taken. Some of them brought costumes like a red messenger jacket or a slicker for the Pipeworks and others designed themselves with tools. This was truly a student-led and generated project.