In the midst of this week filled with people and events that change history... I think this project is particularly fitting!
Enlist students to conduct research about monuments and why they are important. (Students can write about their findings or create powerpoint presentations with images that inspire them).
Students can then start to imagine that they are the people changing history. They can imagine what a monument built for them might look like. What would they be remembered for? How can they be represented in a structure?
Next have students construct monuments to themselves out of cardstock and masking tape. Once the monuments are constructed, have students paper mache their structures for stability. Then the structures can be painted.
When the monuments are finished you can take them outside and photograph them to look like giant monuments. Take the photographs from below at an angle looking up at the monument and make sure objects in the background don't give clues as to their actual sizes. The monuments pictured below are only about 15-20 inches tall.
My students love this project and I hope yours will too!