I often have my students do some illustrating when I want to make sure they really "get" a concept. It forces them to visualize what they're learning. Brain research tells us that visualizing helps the memory. Brain research also tells us that adding an element of fun helps them remember as well... and don't kids love to draw? Add some classical music in the background, and the brain is more activated! Want to add a little more assurance that the kids are learning? Let them talk about what they're drawing and why!
Another advantage? These are great for the sub tub! Just run off the set and leave it in the emergency sub folder! Plus, they work for a variety of ages and levels. (Fifth graders are NOT too old to draw, they love it!)
I have several items in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that involve children illustrating. Come on over to Elementary Matters to see some of these items that will help make learning permanent!
Of course, any illustrating is enhanced by music. May I suggest this one? (Click image for a link to Amazon!)