When doing a art project with First and Second Graders, I generally do it step by step with them. Today I decided I would see what they could do with just an explanation, finished project example, and a couple stencils. I think the outcome was fantastic and it made them think on their own and make their own decisions. It was up to them what order they did it in.
Another beautiful day of hiking. From our viewpoint we could see the beginning set up of the skating rink. Students were asking if we were going to ice skate at recess again. I said yes but it seemed so far away as we were sweating on our late November hike.
We split the class up into 3 groups. One person from each group got to look a a block structure that I had built. They had to go back to their group and tell them how to build the structure. I let them look at it more than once but they could not use their hands to help. It was challenging for each student to come up with size and distance descriptions to help their group construct a duplicate structure. Each student got a turn being the one to give directions. Structures changed each time. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it and get better at giving verbal directions.
The focus of the assembly was a revisitation of how we can make the lunchroom and bus ride more pleasant. Ask your child about expected behavior in the lunchroom and on the bus. Then we did a fun shadow activity.
Almost forgot to post this, but too great to skip. Challenged 2 groups of students to build something with connectors. This is what they came up with!