Drawing and other visual representations offer a formative assessment that allows the student to think at a higher level critically while being creative at the same time.
Blank VVWA Chart (click the image to the right for a larger example)
Word Clouds can help students think about a concept and write words and phrases that capture that concept... OR, take a block of text and let the word cloud pull out the important words - then, analyze from there. (click image to enlarge)
9 Word Cloud Generators ... and Wordle
101 Ways to use a Word Cloud
Physical Models engage students in constructing models that help them explain how a mechanism or system works and helps them understand and make predictions about phenomena. Great for investigation. (click on image to enlarge)