This Halloween activity is a great to tool to practice oral and written communication skills as well as reinforce math vocabulary, estimation, and measurement skills.
Originally, I created this resource as a way to help students be more thorough and clear in their process writing. I was specifically interested in helping them recount their process for building STEM challenge designs. While I always loved the make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich activity, sometimes you don’t want to get into the mess (and allergies)!
Directed drawing is a classic activity I remember from my childhood as a fun game. I didn’t realize I was practicing important communication skills at the time! As a teacher, I always choose to make learning fun whenever possible, so I’ve taken my childhood “game” and expanded on it in this resource.
This set includes:
– Teacher Tips
• How to use the task cards
– Several options for whole-class, small groups/partners, and groups
– Includes ways to increase difficulty (though you won’t likely need to until the students have a good amount of experience!)
• Sample script
• Cards at a glance
– Center directions
– 44 director cards of varying complexity
– Blank set of cards for students to illustrate based on directions and/or to create their own images.
There is a Halloween freebie
that includes nearly identical teacher tips pages and one page of task cards, so you can try before you buy. Note: The freebie task card is not a repeat of one in this set, so you will want to pick it up to get a total of 48 director cards!
Note: It was difficult for me to choose a teaching duration for these cards because there are many different ways to use them. Some stretching for several weeks, others for days, so I chose a conservative estimate of one week. For example (probably the most common scenario): If each day you choose to use the two cards and students are in pairs, it would take about 15 minutes a day x 22 days to get through all the cards. Maybe you'll use 4 cards/30 minutes a day, cutting that to 11 days.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.