Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rising 6th Graders Summer Camp

My school hosts a great, free, four-day, summer camp for rising 6th grade students. The idea is to familiarize students with Middle School (building layout, class changes, teachers, Connections classes etc. etc.). I'm always asked to help with this camp, because the kids love having Connections classes. Last year, I had the campers do a drawing project; they liked it, but I think it could have been more interesting. So, this year, we are making graffiti name key chains for backpacks and house keys. A lot of house keys go missing early in the school year as students get (re)acquainted with keeping track of personal belongings. A name-based key chain seems like a fun and practical craft. We are making our key chains out of shrinky dink paper. Based on the first day of camp, the kids are LOVING this craft. Most of them have never used shrinky dinks before, so this is new and fun. . .Their faces when they realized we would "cook" their artwork in the oven were priceless.

I'm all over making 2-3 minute videos for demonstrations.  While the kids watch, I am able to keep everyone  on task and hand out materials. It also allows students to witness the entirety of the project in one, super-efficient, go. Plus, we will re-watch the video every day as a reminder.

Here is the shrinky-dink overview video:

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