I love having sketchbooks for my 5th and 6th graders. I have a list of
things they can pick from...many of the ideas came from Arts Ed Net.
When ever they are finished with a project, they pick something from the list
I have posted. I also have the 10 stetchbook commandments that they sign the
day they get their sketchbooks...in other words...treating them properly,
remembering to bring them to class...all those sort of things. Currently,
they come in to the room, write the definition of the art term in their
sketchbooks we are studying and then we do it. This activitly engages them
immediately. It also keeps them engaged when they are finished with a
project. I also show some outstanding examples of completed drawings so they
don't blitz through them.