will need a half sheet of paper for each person in the class.
The paper should be hand cut so that each half has only
one matching other half. Then
either play a piece of music, have students read a selection, or
use some other means for inspiration and have students draw
their impression on their half piece.
Students then find their “other half.”
The pair now comes up with a title for their piece and a
statement about the picture.
be used as a prewriting activity, can be used to introduce the
concept of compare/contrast, can be a way of making connections.
a piece of music. At
the same time, students fill a piece of paper with color marking
their impressions of that music.
Lay out the finished pieces and give each student a pile
of stickies. Students
go around to each picture and write a word describing their
impression of the drawing placing the stickie on the picture.
Student then gets his or her picture back and creates a poem
from the “mail” received.
be used with current vocabulary words, using synonyms and/or
antonyms, word choice in writing.
are given a supply of materials such as paper, scissors, etc.,
and asked to create a three dimensional sculpture representing
the elements (earth, wind, fire, water,). Put a time limit on
the project intending this to be more spontaneous and
cooperative than well thought out and planned.
can be used with any concepts in the curriculum.
any black and white poster or photograph.
Cut it up into pieces, one for each student.
Give students a piece of black construction paper, larger
but the same scale as the smaller piece, and a piece of chalk
(number the smaller pieces and the larger construction paper to
make it easier to puzzle back together).
Ask them to scale up the smaller piece on to the larger
one. Then put the picture back together to create a scaled up
version of the smaller picture.
This can also be done with color pictures but may be more
difficult for younger students.
for teaching scale.
a collection of small objects such as things you would find in a
Cracker Jack Box. Place them in the center of the room and ask
each person to select one object.
Each person becomes that object and introduces themselves
to the class as that object.
Then get into small groups and write a collective story
using the objects as they were introduced to the class.
Students can dramatize the story or write a poem or song
of their story. Groups
then perform before the class.
possibilities are as stated, creative writing, drama, music,
students in small groups and give each student a different color
piece of construction paper.
Have them tear out a shape.
Then as a group they are to create a creature from the
shapes torn. They
may not alter any of the original shapes but can add details
with the left over pieces.
They then give their creature a history (name,
occupation, special talents, habits, what it eats, where it
team building activity. Students
can then use their creatures for extensions such as writing
poetry, songs, stories, etc.