Break the Ice with Your Mobile Device

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    One of my favorite ways to get students up and moving with mobile devices is to use them with ice breakers or as lesson activity hooks - especially if it involves student grins and giggles as I believe we all build a stronger community when we share giggle experiences.  Here are some of my favorite ideas you can take and use with your professional development workshops or with student lessons.


    #1 Funny Faces

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    Best Photo Prompts for Funny Faces

    1. Make a Fish Face
    2. The face a student makes when the "lightbulb moment" happens
    3. The face you have when a mouse, spider, or snake comes into the classroom
    4. The face a student has when she knows she aced the test
    5. Show what engagement looks like in a child


    Classroom Connections for Funny Faces

    • Language Arts -Photo Essays, Poetry Visuals, Character reactions to scenes in a story, Descriptive Writing
    • Social Studies - Reenact a scene from history (i.e. President Lincoln’s decision to go to war, immigration, innovation of new technology for the Industrial Revolution)
    • Science, Music, Math, Art - Reflection of a process - What were you thinking during milestones of production or experiments?


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    #2 Tableaus

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    Best Tableau Ideas for the Classroom

    1. Social Studies - Recreate a scene from a painting or historical photo. Small groups are given different newspaper reports of the same incident (or differing accounts of an historical event) and asked to produce as accurate a tableau as possible.  This can be used to examine how events may be communicated differently according to the observer’s point of view.
    2. Language Arts - Create a Photo “Comic Book” with Scenes from a piece of literature.  Awesome reviewing activity!
    3. Science/Health - Visuals to demonstrate a process such as how the blood travels through the heart, photosynthesis, chemical bondings
    4. Drama/Art/Music - Photo Essays

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