One of the distinctives of BJU Press is that the teacher is the key in the classroom. The curriculum provides you with so many options for your students that there is no way you can accomplish every idea for every subject every day. It’s the teacher’s job to pick out what’s best for her students each day.
I believe worktext pages have their place in the classroom, but sometimes at the end of a long day, my students need to get up and move around. Recently, in English we studied Venn diagrams. We talked about how you can compare and contrast things using a Venn diagram.
I introduced this first by looking at the novel Escape, in which the main character, Charlie, has moved from the United States to Ethiopia. We compared the ways Charlie’s schools in each country are alike and contrasted how they are different. I followed this up by comparing and contrasting Skittles® and M&M’S,® using real ones. Of course, the students were happy to clean those up by eating them! Finally, there was a worktext page that allowed us to compare and contrast oranges and lemons. It was at this point that I decided to make our worktext page come alive. I first came across this idea on Pinterest.
The students used Hula Hoops® to make a Venn diagram. I simply copied onto notecards the words from the worktext page that compared and contrasted oranges and lemons. The students then sorted the cards into the Hula Hoops in the Venn diagram.
I had them work together in groups to accomplish this. I walked around and checked each group’s progress. We were able to accomplish the purpose of the worktext page but in a much more active way. I think the students loved being able to get out of their seats at the end of the day. With the active class I have, I know I appreciated it!
Have you ever made your worktext pages come alive for your students?