Thursday, October 20, 2011

"improve this collection" icebreaker

      The teacher divides up his or her classroom into small groups of about four to five students and then gives each small group either a handful of objects or 3 to 4 pictures of objects. Then the instructor asks the students to improve their collection by finding additional pictures, collecting additional objects or by drawing additional suggestions. Give each group class time, a visit to the library, a visit to a computer lab, or additional drawing paper with drawing tools to complete the assignment. Give students a generous amount of time to complete this icebreaker activity. After the students have improved their collection, share their results with the rest of the class and have a constructive discussion about their choices. Give students time enough to explain why they chose to improve the collection with the items they either discovered or imagined.