- cassette tape and recorder
- chart paper and marker
Objective: Using sensory. awareness, cooperative learning, and problem-solving skills, small groups of children will work together to develop and implement a plan for using a tape recorder
In Advance: Show the class tape recorder, and tell them that they will work in small groups to think of a project for which they can use the recorder.
1. Write the question, "What can you do with a tape recorder?" on the top of a sheet of chart paper. Read the question and ask children to think of ways they could work together to use the tape recorder. Record their answers on chart paper.
2. Divide the class into several groups. Schedule time to meet with the groups and review the list. Ask children if there are any ideas listed that they would like to explore or if they have another idea they would like to share. Work with each group to help them develop their ideas and execute their project.
3. After they have completed their project, develop an experience chart to document each group's process. Ask group members to share information about how they came up with their idea, how they worked together, and a summary of what they learned.
4. Invite each group to present their project to the class. Encourage children to ask questions and engage in discussions about their projects. Model the language for the group so they can imitate and learn ways to interact with each other. Ask them to compare the recorded projects that each group presented. How are they similar? How do they differ?
5. Prepare a summary sheet with the entire class to record what they have learned. Ask them if there anything else that they would like to do with the tape recorder and explore new possibilities.
Curriculum Connection: MOVEMENT
Let's Make a Game. Make four sets of the following items: one ball and two towels; three hula-hoops and three bean bags; two medium-size boxes and one ball; four empty plastic bottles (liter size) and two small hoops. Divide the class into four groups and give them each one set of the suggested items. Ask each group to work together to develop a game using the items given. Ask them to think of a name for their game. After everyone has developed their game, invite them to show their classmates. Record information about each game including the name of the game and how it is played. Keep materials available so children can play the games and develop new ones.
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