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We have ungraded primary, and while we have K-1s and 2-3s, I have never
taught 1-3 at the same time. With the primary students, I always started
with the elements of color, shape, line, texture and space. But each year
is a different activity. (Modeling clay color wheels - one of the best
ideas I got from this list, watercolor, construction paper collages, color
mixing.... ) Other times I work with teachers on class related activities,
or large primary themes (Mexico, Africa...)
I have had Ks that could keep up with the 3s and I have had third graders
that could have been very successful with the Ks. Many times I just think
of them as siblings working on a project together. Each age/each ability
level/ each individual will get something different out of an activity. But
so will each student.
I have to think of the activity as introducing, developing, reinforcing or
PS - I'm very excited. I haven't been able to read all posts since last
Spring, and I haven't been able to reply. I just got a new computer at
school - hope to utilize the list more. I missed it.
> From: NARJAY
> Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 1998 8:11 PM
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: multiage class
> I have two multiage classes this year with grades 1-3 in each class. I
> having some difficulty figuring out exactly how to approach developing
> and teaching to these classes. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to
> teach 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in the same class?
> Thanks! Meg in AZ