Blanchard Elementary Year One
Singletary- DB Woolbright
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of basic shapes
Students will work together in collaborative teams.
Students will brainstorm different objects and its qualities.
Students will communicate non-verbally to achieve a common goal.
SKP1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe objects in terms of the materials they are made of and their physical attributes.
- Ask questions to compare and sort objects made of different materials. (Common materials include clay, cloth, plastic, wood, paper, and metal.)
MGSEK.G.2 Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
VAK.CR.1 Engage in the creative process to generate and visualize ideas by using subject matter and symbols to communicate meaning.
To set up the activity, first we broke students into groups of 4-6. The PAIR Specialist then introduced the concept of Ensemble Squash.
In 10 seconds they had to work together to change their bodies into one image of the shape we asked them to create. For instance, creating one pizza rather than 4-6 individual pizzas. Or creating one bicycle, rather than 4-6 people riding bicycles.
After a few rounds of this, we asked students to create different objects that aligned with the state standards (ie. House, water fountain, toy truck). We asked students to think about what kinds of materials these things were made of, and how they could show us that with their bodies.
After Ensemble Squash seemed to be mastered, we asked them to tell us what shapes they used to create their frozen pictures (What shape did you have to use to make a basketball? A pizza box?)
Finally, we asked them to create a shape (circle, square, triangle) and show us what object that shape could be. (Make a triangle first… what things do know have triangles?)
Take time to really scaffold this activity correctly. Make sure the non-verbal element of Ensemble Squash continues through each graduated level. If this is difficult, you can always work with only one small group at a time, while the other students observe and make guesses.