UTENSILS for the WIN!!: Visual arts, Drama AND Music!
Ask the littles if they know what utensils are. Many don't know that word yet so you may have to connect the word to physical objects. Let them have a spoon. Ask them to explain how people use spoons. Next, have them put on their thinking caps and see if they can come up with new ways to use a spoon. Eg. shovel to plant a seed, bang it to make music, etc. Once they have a few ideas, and you can throw a few in there as well, incorporate that into a drama game:
UNUSUAL UTENSILS (Yes I just made that up!)
Here's how to play:
If you trust your kiddos playing with a fork, switch it up and use a fork (with reminders about safety!) to be a comb, a back scratcher, etc. It helps to brainstorm ideas BEFORE you play so the kiddos have some ideas to go with! Don't forget spatulas and potato mashers are utensils too!
Next up, MUSICAL SPOONS!
Grab a spoon and a pot, a metal can with ridges, a cheese grater (SAFTEY CHECK!) and anything else you can think of. Run the spoon down the can, bang the can on the top and the side, slide it down different sides of the grater (reminder to keep fingers away), tap the pot on the top, the side, the handle, etc. You can also throw in wooden utensils and listen for the different sounds they make!
Then for my favourite part...let them play! Encourage loud then soft sounds, fast then slow, etc. It helps to set up a FREEZE for when it gets too loud or silly; I have the littles hold the spoon UP in the air whenever I shout "UP". They even have fun practicing the freeze word and that's usually how I get activities like this started.
If you want to add some extra learning (YES PLEASE!) talk to them about percussion instruments. I would typically be starting my unit on instruments this week!
When you are done, awe them (and yourself) with this :)
TIME FOR SOME ART!!!!
Now that your eardrums are blown, time to make a mess!!!
Get out some paints, paper and utensils and let them at it!! Make prints, slide, scrape...sky's the limit!! If you don't have paint, or don't want a mess, try making prints in play dough (lots of online recipes you can make at home!!).
Looking for more musical fun? Introduce the UKULELE; STRING INSTRUMENT :)
Click the pics below for some info to share. The key concepts for the littles are that it's a string instrument (sound comes from vibrating springs) and that it has 4 strings (count them!!). You can get a rubber band and have them pluck it as you hold it at various tensions.
Time for a Sing-a-long! )
And a craft :)
Here is a really cool project I found (have not tried) however you can make a simpler version with just a cereal, shoe or kleenex box. Google it! If you are ambitious and want to try the deluxe version just click the picture below!
Time to use your new ukulele and put on a concert for your family!!
Today is a challenge; Build a tent or teepee with things you find around your home!!! Lots of great leaning and skill development will be happening, especially when you make it a group project!!!
Click the pic above for some ideas to get you started.
I’d love to see your final creations so post a pic when you’re done!! :)
This one is mainly for the older kiddos, but you can help the littles, or even make it a family project...
I thought, what a brilliant idea it would be to document our current pandemic. We are, after all, writing history. We are the primary sources that future generations will look to for answers! And what a great learning opportunity for those of us looking to continue academic activities!!
I started to work out my own project and then I realized, why reinvent the wheel as they say :) There are some good sources out there if you wish to google. The following was taken from Middle Web:
Students can create “primary sources” for future historians
There are so many unanswered questions right now, but the answer to that last question is yes. So consider a simple assignment in which your students jot down their thoughts, questions, concerns and observations about what is going on. I suggested that they could do this as a letter, a diary/journal entry or just write.
Here are a few suggestions to get them started:
your family’s trip to the grocery store and “stocking up”
cancelled family vacations, cancelled field trips, cancelled school
how weird it is to have to “e-learn”?
how are you occupying your time?
how do you feel about this? psyched that you don’t have to come to school? bored? worried? bummed that you won’t get to see your friends?
what is changing for you because of this?
what kinds of things are your families thinking/saying/doing?
Or have them post short videos about what they are thinking. Flipgrid is great for this. One of my colleagues is posting a question each day for students to reflect on. I know I have enjoyed this glimpse into my students’ worlds, seeing the posters on the walls of their bedrooms, or their dog on the couch in the living room. You can come up with some fun questions to get the ball rolling:
What is your “must have” if you are going to be cooped up inside for awhile?
What are your “binge watch” recommendations?
Where is your new “desk”?
And then you can get into deeper questions, as long as you let students know that they don’t have to share anything they don’t wish to.
What is the #1 concern you have about what is going on right now?
What is a small way in which your life has changed right now?
What mattered to you a few days or a week ago that now seems irrelevant? Vice versa?
Things are changing very quickly now. This seems to be an assignment you could keep adapting as time passes. It doesn’t necessarily require the internet, should that availability become restricted in some way.
Remind your students that they are creating a primary source – documentation of what one student was thinking in March of 2020 during the global pandemic. Now we are all a part of history.
I would ask that parents ask their children to complete short reflections on their experience while at home. This can be done once a day, every few days, or whatever fits best in your family’s experience during the school closure. It should also be an opportunity for mental stimulation during the downtime outside of school. I will include some “sentence starters” for your child to use if it would help. These reflections can take many forms:
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Laura from Evergreen
I've started this page during the COVID break to help the kiddos continue learning at home. Most activities can be done with kids of all ages if parents vary the level of content, participation and discussion appropriate to each child! (differentiated instruction). Before the break we were at letter S. Visit our facebook page for letter A-R activities at https://www.facebook.com/evergreenacademy.ca/