Tuesday, 1 December 2009
My favourite activities in my books....
One book at a time (and every now and then) I think! Outside the Box aims to provide creative thinking and problem solving activities for teachers to use with primary aged children. I used these activities when I was a teacher. These books have done really well and make me very proud (is that Ok to admit?)
My favourite activities in Outside the Box 9-11:
• Museum of the Moztecks – I give a description of an extinct civilisation and pupils make museum displays about their lifestyles and artefacts
• I give a slightly surreal environment and the pupils have to make up a plant, herbivore and carnivore that might exist in it
• Disastrous Desmond (who could cut himself on jelly) – the kids make up lots of details about him.
• School exchange – pupils choose from four bizarre creatures that have strange behaviours (e.g. muddle 'yes' and 'no', has a extremely loud burp, can turn himself into a sign with an arrow on it etc) and write the diary of the week they spent with him or her.
• A revolting menu – I give a list of revolting ingredients like ear wax, dandruff, slug slime, old socks) and some language typically used on menus, (succulent, mouth watering, exquisite) and pupils make up a menu - they used to love this!
• School report – I give an example of a school report for a child that believes she is a spy (e.g. all her paintings use camouflage colours, she only ever taps out morse code rhythms in music, writes in invisible ink in maths etc). Pupils write a report for a child that believes s/he is a clown..etc
• A murder mystery based on photo clues.
• Whigby – does the town want a northern or southern by-pass. Pupils consider the likely views of various residents.