Friday, January 27, 2012

100th Day Ideas Incorporating GT Concepts

I don't know who is more excited about the 100th day this year-the students or their teacher! :) It means we are officially more than halfway through the school year.

There are literally 100's of lists of activities to do in classrooms to celebrate this day in an educational way. I was trying to come up with ways to incorporate our GT icons/concepts for this hallmark occasion.

Critical Thinking: Give the students exactly 100 blocks/manipulatives/legos and have them make a structure using every single one. Or split it up into groups-give each child 20 and they have to work together as a team to make a structure with the total being 100.

Creativity: Give them 100 toothpicks, sequins, torn paper and have them make a collage picture of something.

Ethics: How fairly do we treat 100 year old people? If you found a $100 bill in the hallway of the school, what's the right thing to do with it? Does that change if it's in the street? or a mall? Is is right to spend $100 on something frivolous?

Perspective: Write from the perspective of a Kindergartener 100 years ago? How would it feel to be the number 100-what's good/bad about being that number?

Rules: for counting to 100, being the number 100

Over Time-how does a person change as they age from 0-100? How has society changed? Technology?

Language of the Disciplines: Think like a Mathematician-how would someone in that occupation view a painting differently-like Dali or Van Gogh. How would they view the moon/stars? How is that different from an artist or student?
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