Give the Teacher a Hand
I use Really Good Stuff® Hands Up Dry Erase Boards to generate a fun activity that lets students learn more about me. I place a Y on one side of each hand and an N on the other to indicate Yes/No. (You can also use T/F for True/False.) I then distribute the hands to students and offer statements about our classroom and me, for example:
? I love to garden
? I am 25 years old
? I have a pet named Shadow
? We will do many science experiments this year.
After each statement, students hold the hands up with the Y or N facing forward to indicate if they believe each statement is true or false. I then reveal the truth about each statement and ask students additional related questions such as, “What kinds of flowers do you think I like to plant in my garden?” or “What kind of pet is Shadow?”
This lighthearted, non-academic activity helps students get to know me and provides practice for when we use the hands for future lessons throughout the year.
This article was featured in the August 2012 edition of the Classroom Connections Newsletter. Read more from that issue below and sign-up to get next month’s newsletter delivered right to your inbox.