Next, we asked the students to make some creative name tents, just to help us in learning their names. They seemed incredibly excited to use basic art materials, and we think we will have a lot of fun doing more structured art together in the future.
We also worked on the cartoon panel activity, which we've had success with in other schools. The children are each given the panel of a cartoon, and they're asked to describe their picture to their small group. Afterwards, they all reveal their picture and try to come up with a story that unites the pictures. The results were hilarious, and the students loved getting creative.
Next week, we hope to get started on Show Way, by Jacqueline Woodson. The story should be entertaining for students, but it also gives us a strong basis for discussion and some fun, creative activities. We can't wait to go back!