Kinesthetic Without the Krazy
Have you read “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell?
It’s a lovely coming-of-age story appropriate for grades seven-ten. (Seven might be pushing the lower end a bit.)
This Maze focusses on literary analysis of this story including characterization, setting, conflict, figurative language, imagery, repetition for effect, symbolism, theme and tone. I’ve also thrown in some tier two vocabulary.
This is a non-traditional, kinesthetic without the krazy way to reel students into this story.
I love to let students move around when they learn, but I Do NOT love the loud and off task behavior that can come with kinesthetic learning. So here is a kinesthetic lesson without the "Krazy." (Krazy = the potential for any of the following classroom management problems: opting out, letting others do all the work, loud and/or off task behavior, and having more fun than learning.) There is no krazy in The Maze!
Please note: The code in this Maze is partly in Spanish (el pescado for fish). I do this for my native Spanish speakers so that they (for once) feel like they have an edge in a language arts classroom. They absolutely love it when I do this for them. I can see it in the spring in their step out in The Maze.
Having the code partly in Spanish also makes cracking it a bit more challenging—for most.
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What is The Maze you ask? (For a free Maze, please see Independent vs. Dependent Clauses Kinesthetic Maze.)
In short, the students go into numerous “Mazes” throughout the year. Before our first Maze, we read a section of the book The Maze Runner. (However, you can certainly do the Maze without mentioning the book.)
I normally set up The Maze in the hallway, and students have to crack a code by finding clues on papers taped to the wall. Please note: this is NOT a real maze. The Maze is in their imaginations. In reality, they are in a much scarier place: a middle school hallway.
This is only one of the many kinesthetic Maze lessons I’ve created to motivate middle schoolers.
Give The Maze a try. Your students will thank you for it.
p.s. The first time you run a Maze it can seem intimidating. But the motivational and educational benefits of it are worth the learning curve. I promise.