Time to link up at the Two Writing Teachers blog for Tuesday Slice of Life! Thanks Stacey, Tara, Dana, Betsy, Anna, and Beth!
I'd like to share an activity that I enjoyed doing every few years for a community, getting-to-know-you, art project. This will be displayed on a large bulletin board, and unfortunately I don't have a picture of one we did on paper. What I do have are photos of a large table that sat in front of the sofa in my room, but also served as a worktable for kids who liked to work sitting on the floor. It was a long black table, and one year I had twenty-four students, exactly right. And I had quite a few good planners and artists. One student measured and drew out the puzzle, and we drew names to see who would do each piece. The ideas is that you must coordinate with those people whose pieces you touch, and for this one, at the most it meant three people. If you used something like the template I'm sharing, those "inner" students need to do even more collaboration. Here are some photos and a puzzle template for planning.
You can see that for the table, our theme was "out of this world", but other times we've celebrated our own lives, the life of Martin Luther King, etc. The only structure is that each must coordinate what they're doing with those next to them in some way. Their drawing can link with a drawing in the next space, or be a part that connects. For example, if both kids decide they love superheroes, they could have the heroes fly over the line. I've found that many creative connections happen in art.
I hope the beginning of your school year is going well, and if you are not in school, enjoy the week in whatever you're doing.