...were just the thing I needed for my 100th Day of School celebration.
I knew kids would be portaging 100th Day Projects twice their size...
...with pieces falling off and needing re-gluing.
So I set up a "Do Now" to give me time to organize their displays.
I showed them my easiest Number Chart Robot up on the SMARTboard. I said they should color the same number-squares that are colored here:
Will you color number 1? No! Number 2? No! Number 3? No! Number 4? No! Number 5? Yes! That's all they needed to get started.
I said, you can color the head one color and the body, arms and legs another color. Or, you can color each square differently. You can even draw a design inside a square before you color it--like a heart or a star--with your pencil.
Who wants a fancier--and more difficult--robot? I named a few kids, and said, "I'll bet you'd like this one!" I handed them a printout of a complex robot to re-create.
Then I handed out blank number charts, and the kids got busy. Some kids huddled together on the floor to try a trickier robot, and to help each other out. A couple of kids messed up the first time, but they all made a robot--and were thrilled to pieces over it.
They were even more thrilled over the bling we added later in the day.
And they seemed pleased with the shabby-grunge vibe they got from sloppy coloring--born from excitement to start the activities of the 100th Day.
We'll do Number Chart Robot Do Now's again sometime!
I noticed that some kids will focus more on the number sense with their creative robot variations. Others might concentrate on story-telling, and burn up a trail on the fancy lined paper included. And there's always the show-stopper who will groom, adorn and accessorize like it's a red-carpet event. That's differentiation, folks.