As my Class Objects series continues, I have to admit one of the main reasons I decided to start it was because I saw it as a personal challenge, as a project that would keep my creative juices flowing! So when it came to choosing the next object, I have to say I was a bit worried as to what I should choose. The answer was literally in front me – on my desk to be more exact! Erasers! What can you teach with them?
3. Spelling/Pointillism idea. A few years ago, I posted an alternative way to the traditional method of asking our students to copy new vocabulary in their notebooks. Inspired by word pointilism, you can create beautiful art/spelling projects using pencil erasers as stamps. Since it isn’t very practical to do every time you present vocabulary you can have a “D.O.T” spelling project once a month. For the project, choose words whose spelling has been particularly challenging for your students and create a project influenced by pointillist painters! Look here as well!
5. Two sides to everything – Getting to know you activity. As an alternative to the “Getting to know you” bingo or questions game we often play on the first day of the year, we can have our class play the Two sides (to the eraser) game. Ask your students to write a question on one side of their erasers, then pass on their eraser to any classmate they want to. The person getting the eraser would have to write their answer on the other side of the eraser.
6. Role play. Instead of asking students to write their own dialogues between two imaginary people -often called A and B!-, ask them to glue or tape 2 of their erasers on a piece of paper and have them talk to each other.