For all the HOT Blocks at our school, I plan lessons with classroom teachers based on what the students are struggling with in one or both disciplines. This way, our arts integration HOT Blocks promote deep learning of subject matter, higher order thinking, creativity and learning through multiple intelligences. Students benefit by learning across the curriculum through the arts.
Last month, I worked with three of our first grade teachers during HOT Blocks. All of the classes had students who were confused with synonyms (or, as a first grader would say, “cinnamons”) and antonyms. What could we do in our HOT Block that could help students remember the difference? The teachers all decided we could have the students draw antonym pairs, drawing synonyms might be confusing.
With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
How can you use drawing with students to show and clarify their ideas about concepts you are learning? The sky is the limit! Let me know in the comments below!
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