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Lesson Plans

Re: Need suggestions early finishers

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Wed, 19 Aug 1998 19:50:42 EDT

We have toured this subject before and we got a lot of responses. This year I
am requiring my 4-8ths to keep a sketchbook. There are 16 assignments for the
year( 4 per quarter).My students will need to find class time to complete them
after they finish their art assignment. If everyone is slower this year, I
will assign a period just to complete the sketchbook work for the quarter.
They have simple draw 5 things that can roll; draw a car
that flies like a bee then draw a bee that drives like a car. These
assignments are meant to stimulate visual memory and creative thinking. They
keep these in a 3-hole binder. I wish this was entirely my idea, but it isn't.
"Toulouse" (Mary Jane) was a big help.

My younger grades (k-3) will usually get to do another chance at the day's
assignment (to make an even "better" one) or I give them a theme to draw with
their choice of media.

Usually I hardly have early finishers. If you have many in a lesson, perhaps
the lesson was not grade appropriate or the kids are rushing with out taking
time to plan.

I stress planning in all my classes. We brainstorm about ideas we have and the
best way to execute them.