It's been awhile since I've posted. My husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis around the new year and we've both been going through a lot of things, especially emotionally. I haven't felt up to doing much blogging, but today I had the kids do an activity that I thought would be fun to share.
This is one of those activities that I'll look forward to each time I teach this unit, especially now that I have all the materials made up. If you had asked me last week how I felt while I was tracing, gluing, coloring, laminating, and cutting, I would have told you I was an idiot for coming up with this idea. Has that ever happened to you? All the work paid off though today because my students had a lot of fun and it got me excited about teaching even on the Monday after Daylight Savings Time. (Trust me, my body KNEW it was 5:30 instead of 6:30 when I was driving to work today. No amount of caffeine could fool it.)
You could use this simple party game for a variety of topics. A few that come to my mind for Social Studies are the different states in the U.S. or different countries on a continent. Science could do the planets in the solar system or the parts of an apple, pumpkin, etc. Here's the process I used to create this game:
- Project a picture of a knight onto a large piece of butcher paper. Use a black permanent marker to trace and make all the kids think you're an amazing artist. :)
- On another piece of equal-sized butcher paper, trace just the outline of the knight's body.
- Color the knight. Apparently the cheap boxes of crayons I have for my room do not include gray, so I had to use some extra chalk the art teacher had.
- Because butcher paper is so flimsy and I wanted this to last, I glued the knight onto gray pieces of construction paper. I probably used about 10 pieces total to cover the entire picture. If you plan on using the pieces more than once, I highly recommend making the paper more sturdy so it'll hold up longer.
- Cut the knight into pre-determined pieces.
- Laminate and cut out again.