This year I wanted to do a get to know you activity with my students that fit my technology themed classroom. I searched Pinterest and online blogs and could not find an idea that suited my theme.
Then a week before school it came to me – I’ll have my students decorate old LPs (records) with their photo and magazine cut outs that represent them.
Many of my students had never seen an LP before, and they loved cutting out items that represented them. In previous years, I have had students decorate paper bags, but this idea seemed so much cooler and engaging for middle school students.
|This is my exemplar for the students.|
-paint brushes to push the glue onto the paper
-variety of magazines and glossy flyers
-old records (can be found at most thrift stores for free or cheap)
-Ziploc bags to keep cut outs safe between classes
To extend this activity:
- have the students choose five items they glued to their LP and explain in writing why they chose to put them on their record and how this item is important to their lives.
- have students present their records formally to the class in a presentation format or informally during a class meeting
- have students mingle around the classroom and classify themselves into pairs, triads and groups based on the items they glued to their LPs. This helps students think critically about the types of groups they could make: interests, colours, photo type etc.
What did you do with your students this year as a get to know you activity?