Lesson 35 in Building on Patterns has an enrichment activity of using things from nature to create a collage. The problem we encountered was this week the 4th grade was doing the state mandated testing…which affected the whole campus. So we couldn’t go outside. On Tuesday we talked about the items she’d need to create her project. I went to Michael’s and bought some of it and then I grabbed some sticks from home. Wednesday we created the collage.
Thursday we wrote the story. She is really good at sounding out words, so I don’t see invented spellings that often. The coolest thing was the story is about Katie and Zach! Those are the two children that are the focus in the curriculum towards the end of the Kindergarten curriculum. The story wasn’t really a part of the project, but I felt it needed to be there to give her a chance to go through the book making/literacy process.
You’ll also see in the top photo she no longer uses the power on her SMART brailler!!! This is HUGE! She turns the SMART brailler off as she is now more confident in her brailling abilities. She doesn’t need it to tell her she’s right or not. Her finger strength is coming along.
- materials for collage, including leaves, sticks, and other items from nature
- crafts supplies for creating collage
- binder or rings to hold pages together
These activities can take place over several days or a week, depending on the individual student.
- Read the story in Building on Patterns.
- Discuss what materials are needed to create a collage.
- Collect materials from outside.
- Supplement natural materials with items from crafts store.
- Invite the student to write a story to accompany the collage. Provide support, as necessary.
- Put the pages together to “publish” it as a book. Share with classmates, send home, or keep in classroom as an individual “library”.