Monday, November 3, 2014

Have you ever....

No, this isn't about THAT game. 

This is a post about that AHA moment!  You know, the kind you have when something actually clicks.  Mine tend to happen not independently, but rather when I'm with a group.  I guess it's no fun to AHA by yourself?!

This is about an idea that my team came up with together.  We were trying to come up with an idea for our kids to explore characterization.  None of our ideas were really gelling.  Meh.
Then, the magic happened!  Like rainbows shooting out of a unicorn's ......
The chain of events that followed was nothing short of magical.  Every person on my team contributed something to make this lesson meaningful.  What, you ask is this lesson all about? 
Well, it was a characterization activity for our novel study, Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan.  

Here's what we did: We gave each table a scenario, a "what would you do" situation.  BUT....they had to think about it from their character's perspective.  Taking into account past thoughts, actions, and feelings; they came up with a response to the scenario as that character from the book.   
This proved to be an epic and thought-provoking task!  We had each group design a poster, which had the situation in the middle, and all 4 of the characters reactions/ why around.  

Click the link to download the "What would you do" situations
Virtual Hi-five to my team for our collective brainpower!

What about you?  What awesome lessons have evolved in your classroom? Two heads ARE DEFINITELY better than one! 

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