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Re: [teacherartexchange] Ambient noise


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Sep 17 2006 - 16:12:11 PDT

Chris, I have done a lesson like this with some out-of-control
classes, and they didn't do too badly. I think they were shocked that
I actually took them outside. They liked it so well that that became
a bargaining chip. If they were good for X amount of days, they knew
we would do another outdoor (or gymnasium) assignment.

If you can, round up a parent or two (or a teacher or administrator
who will help) and divide the class into groups. then spread the
groups out and keep kids who feed off each others' bad behavior apart.
 Then do the assignment.

It's so much better to do this sort of thing outdoors.

Another thought is that maybe these kids arent' getting enough
physical activity. Kids at that age need to move constantly --
sitting in classes all day is torture. Maybe find another outdoor
assignment that will allow them to blow off some steam? I had a lot
of fun doing "texture scavenger hunts" with some of my craziest
classes. They had a blast running to capture all the textures, then
later on we cut them up and made collages with them. The end result
was really cool!

Good luck!


On 9/17/06, artsymartsy <> wrote:
> Chris,
> Don't give up on the students! Take them outside, if at all possible. I have
> been doing this same lesson for years with great results. I teach 6-12
> graders, though. The majority of students enjoy this lesson and comment we
> should do it again.
> They are amazed at the sounds they hear when they close their eyes and just
> listen.
> Martha in Mass.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: chris massingill []
> Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2006 2:31 PM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Ambient noise
> Hello,
> I found a lesson plan for a drawing assignment that I really liked where the
> students sit outside close their eyes and then draw the sounds that they
> hear, but I teach some wild and wacky 5th graders who aren't going to be
> able to control themselves if I take them outside - so, can anyone recommend
> a resource for cd's or MP3's of ambient outdoor noises that I could use
> instead?
> Thanks!
> Chris in Central Arkansas
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