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Re: open house ideas


Date: Sat Jun 23 2001 - 13:11:35 PDT

Hi Christine,
We have open house the 2nd week of school and I like to "wow" the parents.
My biggest success has be a name quilt. I have my 3 intro classes do it so I
have between 80-84 names for the "quilt". Some times I do color and
sometimes only black and white. It's how I introduce the concept of "Line".
Each student gets a 12x12 piece of 80lb drawing paper and a fine line sharpie
marker. They lightly measure and draw a cross on the paper to divide it
equally. Then they write thier name in cursive across the middle of the
square, turn the paper a 1/4 of a turn and write thier last name across the
middle of the square. The hitch here is that they have to stop when they
meet thier first name, hop over it and continue on the other side. (sorry
that sounds confusing) the students have to fill the paper with many types
of line, working in the round. Some continually outline thier name, some
create a new line with each round. The names are displayed like a "quilt" on
the wall outside our classroom. The cross-sections all line up because of
the name placement and this creates even more lines. the best part is, they
are working on thier name for about 4 class periods and by then I have thier
names memorized!