Friday, October 3, 2014

The Light "Blog" Moment with Circles

A few weeks ago a fourth grade teacher, Mrs. B, approached me about circles.  "We're trying to use a compass Miss Hatch and it's not working out too well.  Do you have any ideas?"

I didn't.  I was a total blank.  The teacher wanted something to make creating circles with a compass more interesting.  The kids were getting frustrated, and there was no motivation.  I had nothing in my arsenal....
The light "blog" moment!

Until I added the blog, Cassie Stephens to my blog reading roll.  I saw the pictures of relief circles and was intrigued now that Mrs. B had put the circle idea into my head.  Cassie Stephen's prep project is what particularly caught my attention.  The step by step was perfect.  I could write it up, and give it to the teacher.  It's something the kids can work on in her class (I'm booked for lessons with my art show in December!) and it's a way for me to reach my students without actually having them in class.

I showed Mrs. B and she is just as excited as I am to include the lesson in her classroom.  She planted the idea, a blog gave me the inspiration, and now I can't wait to see the fourth graders go!
My version of the lesson, with instructions to use a compass.

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