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Re: Free time activities


Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 17:22:54 PDT

This is way long!!! Okay, I too have middle school students (grades 4-7)
and no matter how wisely I plan and pack my time, there are still kids who
finish early. Someone mentioned plasticine clay and blocks for the younger
children, but the older ones need to create and relate to art in other
activities as well. Perhaps it is in the orginization. Our room has a
bookshelf and box filled with the following activities- lovely, never
drying clay, separated into 4 containers with newspaper stacked next to
it; masterpiece puzzles that I have cut from old "Ziggy" calendars and
stored in manila envelopes; purchased art lotto and memory games; a
collection of stamps of famous artwork, architecture, cultural or period
picures with a stack of paper; tangrams and pentagrams(sp?) separated in
baggies and each packaged in their respective envelopes with corresponding
idea cards; drawing books with paper; my latest addition, a heavy duty
Marvin the Martian lunchbag with squares of manila paper, colored pencils
and a small hand held microscope with light from radio shack so the kids
can find something with interesting texture, examine it and draw what they
see. Now a few weeks ago we took the time in classes to note that all
activities are numbered and they have a paper in their folder that has
been divided into grading quarters along with the activity numbers. As
they complete an activity, they put the date under the corresponding
activity number. This way they must try different activities during the
quarter and not just 'play with clay'. They love it. We also have
sketchbooks with ideas in bags located at the end of each table. Sometimes
they must all pull and idea from the bag, sometimes they work on it at
their own pace.