In the last post, I described the Artifact Bag (a.k.a. All About Me Bag) and how to implement it. Tonight's assignment is how to take it up a notch by adding a visual tool to represent a higher level thinking skill--Recognizing Attributes or, it could also be, Identifying Characteristics and Deductive Thinking.
That was a mouth full.
Before you present this activity to your students make sure you :
1. tell them you will be using a descriptive organizer
2. describe it's purpose
3. show them how it will be used
For each student you should prepare an 8 1/2 x 11 heavy piece of paper by drawing a circle in the center about 3 inches in diameter, then draw 4 lines coming out from the circumference line. At the end of each line draw a small rectangle. As you share an Artifact Bag, (a.k.a. All About Me Bag), write on the rectangle what the object is and on the lines write the students' guesses as to what that object tells them about the person. If the students guess who the person is, write their name in the center circle. If they don't guess correctly, put the objects back in the bag and put the graphic organizer aside for another time. Also, somewhere on the paper add their photos once they have been guessed.
You have just introduced the Descriptive Graphic Organizer, and modeled it for the class, 20-30 times. Probably, depending on the age group, the students maybe able to do this activity, as the teacher, after 10-15 times with the teacher modeling the steps.
Think of all the wonderful skills you have introduced by doing this activity, e.g. community building, higher level thinking skills, and possibly leadership roles.
Now, you have a great beginning of the year bulletinboard. As students are guessed, put their self- portraits (see Daily Assignment #3), descriptive graphic organizer and photo together on display. Everyone loves to see the comparison of the self portrait and photo, plus they get to learn a little something about your students/class.
Please let me know how your first week is going. Questions are welcome.