Why do I do this? SOOOOOOOOO many reasons.
- My students need exposure to procedural text. This is another example for them that reading has a purpose.
- My students need practice with eye-hand coordination and need a chance to build their fine motor control.
- We don't have a lot of time to make 'projects' in our day, and this allows the students time to do something they enjoy while at the same time working on essentials.
- Because the students are the ones tracing and cutting pieces, this keeps me from having to 'prep' a million things.
- It gives me good feedback on "the whole picture" regarding the child's development. It is also true that a picture is worth a thousand words.
- These projects often are 'prompts' for later writing projects.
- Last, but not least, they can be differentiated! We start with basic directions (rebus style) at the beginning of the year, and move towards more text and less picture support near the end of the year.
Here are examples of directions from December, and then directions from the end of the year.
Okay, I've spent ages trying to figure out how to embed the scribd viewer so you can see the documents within this post. Can anyone help?