Today we had a blast reviewing body parts! In groups, students outlined one member and labeled each body part. Then, they completed an interpretive reading exercise where each group had to read different description of a monster and draw it.
The best part about this activity was that we did it OUTSIDE! I bought sidewalk chalk at the dollar store and it was a big hit!
1. Go over the rules with the kids inside first.
2. I printed a set of rules for each group and put it in a plastic sheet so it wouldn't get messy outside. I also put their monster description on the back.
3. Have Ziploc bags to put the chalk in when you're done to make distribution and clean up easier.
4. Warn kids about not drawing anything extra or inappropriate. I made the groups so they wouldn't be tempted to make goofy drawings with friends.
5. If you're doing this activity in the winter, use butcher paper, but I think the element of doing it outside was really extra special.
This year I have a class of 15 heritage speakers and 14 anglo students during the same period. Most of the time I have them working separately because the curriculum is different. However, for this activity, I made groups with two of each type of student and the heritage speakers were responsible for drawing in and labeling the organs of the body. It worked out great!