New School Year
New School Year
New School YearTo start the school year, I always have the kids create a shield. First we discuss how we all have common first names and some of the same last names, but our last name comes from a long line of heritage.
Students can learn from others and get to know more about each other.
White tag board shield—-
We proceed to divide a shield like what knights used in the Midieval times. Divide it up as you please. I usually have the kids place into fourths. Then, I have a rubric that proceeds to follow the shield.
The first area would family (can be stick people) Just drawing their names underneath and a house would be fine).
******(Dogs/cats are allowed)
Second is their hobbies. This may be a sport they play or a talent they have. Some like to musical intruments here or they may sing.
Third area can be music they like or a movie they watched recently or book they recently read. Yet, there cannot be dialogue here.
Finally, the last area is a free space. I want it to be an area they tell me something about them. Yet, it has to be in picture format.
Rubric—based on what you expect, but completed in all areas and colored.
Orally presented to the class. Clear and concise.
Pictures visual to the audience/easy to see.
Others can pair and share their ideas in round robin.
Can create a family tree or can use technology instead of coloring on paper—-just a thought?
What is one thing you learned about someone that you did not know before entering this classroom? Exit slip—written format.
Teacher and students
The connection is that they are not telling me in so many words about themself, but they are telling me.
Then, I include a ribbon or scroll at the bottom of the shield for them to put their last name on it. This needs to be fancy.
There are so many beautiful things to do with this activity. Kids can trace their ancestory; if time allows. Yet, for some it is hard to do.
Kids are expected to color their projects and orally present.