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TEDU 411 – Week 13 – Art Activity

This week, we worked with squishy circuits and considered how we might incorporate such an activity into the various SOLs required by the state.

For one activity, my group thought about incorporating it into teaching the life cycle, science SOL 2.4, by having groups of students create different models representing a frog’s life cycle using the squishy circuits. The groups would then share their step and explain where it fits into the cycle to the class.

The next activity we thought about was using the squishy circuits to teach symmetry in math, SOL 2.15. Students would have to match up different pieces from different shapes and the one that was its pair to the original would be the one that would, ideally, light up when connected and tested with the circuit.

For language arts, we came up with something for teaching punctuation or working with English SOL 1.4. For this students would construct squishy circuits that resembled ending punctuation and then light up the correct punctuation that they believe would correctly fit a sentence given by the teacher.

And finally, for social studies, we created a squishy circuit game for SOL 2.1 or looking at the contributions of Egypt and China. For this, students would create a squishy artifact to represent both China and Egypt. Then they would be tasked with lighting up the correct artifact that represented which civilization contributed what based on questions given by the teacher.

TEDU 411 – Week 12 – Art Activity

For our group, 3d printing project, we decided to focus on an activity for kindergartners. We came up with an idea that would focus on SOL English K.6, strand a, and would allow students to develop letter recognition through both a visual and manipulative perspective. The project itself would consist of printing out all 26 letters of the alphabet, upper and lower case, on small plaques using the 3d printers. With these, kindergartners would be able to touch and see all of the different letters and learn not only what they look like, but also what they might feel like as they associate the sounds with the actual letters. Not only this, but the letters could be used in things like guessing games where students have to guess what letter with their eyes closed based on feel. Another example would be having students use the letters to create words or phrases. There are a multitude of different things that these letters could be used for, but here are a few that might be especially useful for teaching kindergartners.

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TEDU 411 – Week 11 – Art Activity

Here is a link and a picture of the 3d project I thought I would create for class. It is a cube with the different early Americas explorers on each side, along with a free pick side. The idea is to have students roll or gently toss the cube to one another and whatever side it lands on, they have to talk about what they know about the explorer they landed on.

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TEDU 411 – Week 10 – Art Activity

This week’s activity was to create a digital story based on anything that we would like. I chose to try and create mine as a teaching tool/aid. It works as informative video about matter that could be used to introduce the topic or use it as a quick review of it.

TEDU 411 – Week 7 – Art Activity

This week we focused on creating a content based activity for social studies that also incorporated the paper fabricator and its technology. The activity below is only one of many different renditions that can created and used across all grade levels, and focuses on the idea of manipulating a map to learn about a certain time period in history, Westward Expansion in US history in this case. The map was created completely digitally and cut with the fabricator to allow students to manipulate it, label it, and even use it as a teaching tool themselves given the right circumstances.

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