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In a message dated 7/29/00 12:19:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< What are some of the jump-start activities that you use in the art
to get to know your students, get them to know each other, and the art room
itself? Any little activities and tidbits will be appreciated.
in sixth grade, my classes study different artists with extensive research
and projects to share with everyone in the class. i made up cards (3x5) in
two shades of yellow. on one color card is the artist's name (mary cassatt)
and the other is the description of the artist work (a female impressionist
painter whose paintings often included family themes )
i hand out the cards to each student in my 7th grade class on the first or
second day of school. the game is to get up and go around the room looking at
everyone's cards and find your match without ANY CONVERSATION. they know
their match is a different shade of yellow than theirs and often i give the
out one shade to boys, and one to girls so it is easier for them. the "pair"
write their name on the board and find a seat together. this is often a good
way to make a "random" seating chart. random in quotes because i
occasionally manipulate who get what cards! we check all answers when
everyone is seated. change seats accordingly and matches get prizes. good
review, good fun.
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