Classroom Snapshots: Sharing Tips for Cardboard Snakes that Move
"My name is Michael Palagi and I am a Kindergarten/Year 1 teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. When using Makedo we take a lot of ideas from the kids and encourage them to follow their own inquiries. The possibilities are endless and the students feel so empowered about what they create.
As an IB PYP school, we linked the project outcomes to our "Who We Are" unit with a focus on identity, and found ways to share learning that supports play, and how students can be creators.
We spent two days on this Makedo project; one day to test how Makedo worked and the next day was creation day! The students had seen a snake (and other insects and animals) at the park which they wanted to try and build with Makedo. The students quickly made a cardboard snake to play with that could move just like a real snake!
Other Kindergarten students came to our classroom during the ‘exploration time’, they asked our kids if they could try using the Makedo tools as well. The students in my class showed the others how to poke the holes in the cardboard and how the scrus could connect with different pieces of cardboard. The students collaborated and shared tips about how to use Makedo. They tried using some different size cardboard until they found pieces they liked.
I recommend talking with your students for a few minutes about how to safely use the tools, but then just hand it over to the kids, they will explore and create!
Makedo is a TON of fun and helps bring students ideas to life!"
Thanks to @MichaelPalagi and his clever students.
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