Alternative assessment is one of the buzzwords in education today. Because students have different learning styles, abilities, and disabilities, typical paper tests are not always the best means of assessing students' knowledge. Alternative assessments provide more creative, authentic, and meaningful opportunities for students to demonstrate their mastery of subject content. I love the idea of Alphabet Books that third grade teacher Ms. Battista recommended on her blog. She points out that an Alphabet Book project could be adapted for any grade or subject. Students could work independently, in small groups, or as a class by assigning each student a letter. There are lots of possibilities!
Sleeping Bear Press has a wonderful series of Alphabet Books on a variety of social studies and science topics, for inspiration.