For today's session with Year 4's I chose another book by Emily Gravett (the author that also wrote the book Meerkat Mail which I used earlier in the term.
We got thinking about, reflecting on and exploring the themes and key messages in this book…
How do our actions impact on others?
Accepting that what we have is enough.
Recognising that difference is something to celebrate and that we are all unique.
Realising that our actions have consequences.
Collaboration and working as a team.
5 Challenge Stations:
1: Water Colour Straw Blowing (an individual task celebrating individuality)
2: Paper Cut Out (Art and Photography - a working with a buddy project)
3: ZooKazam (Augmented Reality - Writing inspiration, an individual challenge)
4: Flextangles (Low Tech Fidget Spinner style - working as a team to problem solve the folding etc)
5: WeDo Lego (Robotics kits - a collaborative project)
The 'straw blowing' station was easy to set up and very successful, the actual process would be easily transferable in to 'trees' or 'monsters' etc to align with other picture books e.g. Oops or Boris Monster.
The ZooKazam app was engaging, informative and has huge potential for using back in the classroom. This team will use the app as a 'Thinking Task' rotation during the rest of the term.
The photography session needed more time so that students could revisit and improve their initial ideas. Their photos definitely had huge potential but many didn't include their hand in the shot so the effect was somewhat lost as it looked more like an app created shot rather than an 'artistic' low tech one. I plan on working with the students that selected this station again so that they can revisit and refine.