Materials needed Index cards Whiteboard and several different colored dry erase markers Description Pass out one index card to each student. Instruct the students to draw, without using representations of people (including stick figures, faces, and the like), aView Tool »
Fair or Equal?
Materials needed List of roles and responsibilities (see below) A bag of candy Description Begin the exercise by holding up the bag of candy (make sure you have enough for at least one piece for every student) and ask,View Tool »
What is art? An Art Activity
Have each student draw two pictures. One drawing must be a drawing they would call art, and the other one they would not call art. Once the students have finished drawing, ask them to share their pieces and explainView Tool »
What is music? Silence and Sound
Organize a live performance of composer John Cage’s piece 4’33” in the school music room (or watch with your students one of the many online videos of it). Cage’s work, which was composed for any instrument and consists of theView Tool »
Activity: What’s Your Reason?
This game involves students writing down claims supported by reasons and then guessing each others’ claims after listening only to the reasons. Hand out four note cards (or note-card sized pieces of paper) to each student. Ask them toView Tool »
Activity: Keep the Question Going
This game involves students generating questions collaboratively. The exercise runs easily for about ten minutes and can go for a half hour or more with discussion. It is often a good exercise to use early in the year, as itView Tool »
Can animals make music?
We all love music. Some of us sing daily, if just to ourselves. It could be our favorite tune from Frozen or simply a tune we made up ourselves. What makes sound music? Let’s start with ourselves. The teacher/facilitator mayView Tool »