Groups compete with one another to earn points identifying idioms, to make monuments for those idioms, and to have their idiom monuments correctly identified while they go around the room and try to identify the monuments of other groups.
The teacher forms five groups and assigns each group 20 idiom. The groups are given four class periods to create free standing monuments for each idiom assigned to it. Three cooperative group activities have been provided to allow the students to become familiar with the idioms and their definitions prior to identifying monuments. On the fifth day the monuments will be set up in the groups. Using a teacher provided IDIOMS AND THEIR DEFINITIONS SHEET, every group will visit every other group for five minutes and try to make identifications of the monuments. Groups will get points for each correct identification they make and for each correct identification made by other groups of their monuments. These points, along with the points the groups earned from their cooperative group activities, will determine which group wins.
MATERIALS – The groups will need copy paper, construction paper, scissors, glue and tape to make their monuments.
The teacher will need to make a class set of the IDIOMS AND THEIR DEFINITIONS SHEET. Each group will need a copy of the IDIOMS MONUMENTS ASSIGNMENT SHEET and a MONUMENT ACTIVITY SCORING SHEET. The teacher will need to create group sets of IDIOM DEFINITIONS SHEETS 1-5, IDIOM SHEET 1-5, and DEFINITIONS AND IDIOM SHEETS 1-5. Each group will need a set of MONUMENT IDENTIFICATIONS SHEETS 1-5.