This week my goal is quite simple: I want to gather at least 50 ways that teachers who visit Scholastic.com use hands-on instruction in their classrooms. Please post a comment with one way you extend learning "beyond the books" in reading, math, science, social studies, or your writing instruction. You do not need to be a grades 3-5 teacher, though your idea should be appropriate for grades 3-5 teachers to try.
As your grades 3-5 teacher advisor this year, the most important part of my job is to encourage people to share! Your ideas are extremely valuable, and I cannot wait to read them. Of course, you may share more than one idea. I hope to hear from several people so this post is helpful to as many teachers as possible.
Here are two examples of hands-on instructional ideas from my classroom:
In the near future, we are going to be making a hidden alarm using this website from PBS' Design Squad to review our mini-unit on electricity. Students will make electromagnets, and connect simple series circuits.
In a few months, I plan to review area, perimeter and volume by having my students construct model bedrooms with either cardboard or wooden walls. They will make furniture and calculate the area for their bed, dresser, and desk.
I am very excited about reading your ideas! Of course, I will post more ideas for hands-on learning as people contribute.