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