From Art to Language Learning: A Workflow For The Classroom

For me a lesson is like a Formula One car. When it comes down the pit lane and you put new tires on it, it becomes a totally different car/lesson. So when we started to play with Play Doh last week during the art  lesson and then transformed that into a language lesson, I got reminded of this. Here’s what we did:

 

First I gave all of them a lump of clay. Then I asked them to close their eyes, while I played a piece of classical music. I wanted them to interact with the clay in the way that they felt the music. After a minute or so, I stopped the music and they could open their eyes again.

 

The children observed their creation and I gave them the opportunity to make one adjustment if necessary.Next I gave them a set of eyes that they could put anywhere on their creation to turn it into a space monster.

Clay project

At this moment I started to travel around in the classroom with a deck of cards. Every child had the opportunity to pick one card. No peeking yet! When everybody had a card, I ask them to turn it around. Matching pairs had to go look for their buddy in the classroom. Once they found each other I gave them the next assignment.

Step 2

This is where this lesson turns into a writing lesson. I asked the children what would the monsters talk about when they first met each other. To help them, I provided some guiding questions. The children wrote dialogs of about 10 sentences.

Step 3

Once this was done, the technology part kicked in. I asked the children to record their dialogs using Garageband on the iPad.

Step 4

They created new projects, tapped on record, evaluated their recordings and finally enhanced the project with an effect called monster voice to make it even more real.

 

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Garageband

Play Doh

 

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