Then to attach the two sets, you only glue down the circle center. This allows for you to lift on the petals and create the 3D effect and surprise. When I printed these from the website, I decided to reduce the size to 75%. This lead to a conversation in perseverance as many of my students struggled with the more detailed cutting needed but by making them smaller, they could be used as a card decoration. Cutting different floral scrapbook papers in half created the perfect size for the cards and another layer of creativity. Students were also allowed to color on the petals if they wanted to.
For those wondering where he came up with that number, it's exactly half. I had to laugh and told him I appreciated his mind was thinking math since we were doing our state testing for math today. This Teacher and Technology Grant is a proposed addition to the "STEM Real World Expansion Pack" and will be used to purchase a mobile broadcasting studio for use in video broadcasting intervention as well as with students reports. We are currently starting to work on a reading unit that includes creating a PSA about the importance of voting. While I don't really think the equipment will get here soon enough to use, it will definitely be in the plans for next year.
Nearly the whole room raised their hands and someone spoke up that white was the only choice. It was at this point that one of the students showed us that he had taken the directions quite literally and "built" his person out of bricks. We continued on through the multitude of choices including whether or not they were holding things in their hands and what those things were. They were learning in a very hands on and interactive way that it was possible for everyone to follow directions and get very different results. From there we continued on to setting. They had to use only what was in the box to create a setting for the "me" that they had created. After a few minutes they shared with their elbow partners what they had constructed and how it fit. This was a short activity that the kids really liked and learned more than they expected to when I started passing out the boxes. They didn't really want to take things apart and many posted about it on ClassDojo.
I wanted them to remember every time they left the room that there was a chance for greatness today and that with the right attitude, they could do anything they put their minds to. We also put butterflies for calming and Avenger symbols for perseverance on our desks. Each one got to pick which they wanted to help it be a little more personal.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.