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Re: Free time activities

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Nalin_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 20:01:49 PDT


In a message to ARTSEDNET, dated 9/30/01, khagan@optonline.net writes:

<< Does anyone have any good ideas/handouts for middle schoolers who finish
 projects early? I hate to have them just draw in their sketchbook
 because they often have no idea what to draw. I have a couple of
 handouts but need a lot more. Any ideas? (I teach 6th and 7th grade).
 Thanks!
 -Krista >>

You can fill a page with a simple shape, such as circles maybe as many as 24
(4 rows of 6) and have students draw onto the circles as many ideas that have
the shape as part of its form. These could be saved over the week and then
reviewed as a group.

When I do this as a whole class activity, I give directions to make up as
many unusual ideas that are based on the circles or have circles as part of
the object. Try to think of ideas no one else will think of. I then give
very obvious examples, such as a CD, OR an apple or an orange, OR a pizza,
etc. I ask if there are any questions and then tell them thay can not use
any ideas that I have given them since this is to generate new and different
examples, such as ice in a cone, OR a clock or watch face, etc.

By now they want me to stop giving ideas and later we go through the examples
as a groups. Start with one person "reading" their list. If another person
has the same idea, everyone has to X it out. At the end, the person with the
most non-duplicated drawings is the CHAMP - winner, top cat, or whatever
special designation is near and dear to their hearts.

Intermediate level students enjoy the sort of competitive aspect and it helps
with idea generation and imagination. The drawing quality is not the
objective, its the ideas behind it.

Lorena Nalin
Tucson

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