Dinosaurs

Kids sometimes ask if they can have a free choice or free clay day. As part of this dinosaur lesson I told students that they needed to make a simple plan drawing for the dinosaur they were going to construct. Kids could choose any dinosaur they liked as long as they created a plan. They had to draw its parts and label them as spheres, cylinders, cones or egg forms. This way when they went to construct their dinosaur, they could look at their plan and have a starting point. Kids who did not create a plan drawing would make a stegasauraus. This was the dinosaur I created during my demonstration. As you can see from the photos here, that even when kids get a choice only some of them will take the ball and run with it. That's why when I create lessons with choices, I always set some requirements for the lesson. It gives the kids a framework to operate within.