Most of the time, I've got a targeted lesson to tie into something they are working on in class or something their teacher has asked we work on ... but I surprised them Friday with a Valentine's Day themed selection of activities.
These students know Google Slides. They have been working with Slides since 2nd grade, so that's nothing new. However, I published this slidedeck to the web, so they got to see it in a different light. (At first they didn't even recognize it as Slides.) I used the Jourdain presentation template from Slides Carnival and they "oohed & aahed" over it. Since it's "choice activities", I explained they had 6 different activities to choose from and they were free to switch at any time. Then I stepped back and let them explore.
💖 Valentine's themed hangman game using Flippity.net's template
💖 Chrome Music Lab to create music
💖 Make your own Valentine's Magnetic poetry in Google Drawing (thanks, Eric Curts!)
💖 Valentine's Day Breakout using Flippity.net's template
💖 Valentine's word search - 2 levels - in Google Slides
💖 create your own Word Cloud with WordClouds.com
These kinds of activities are fun, holiday themed tech activities and I try to provide a variety of activities to allow students to explore things they may not otherwise get to see. To my surprise, this group focused on 2 activities - the Music Lab and the Breakout! There was some good music happening and a group of students worked together to "breakout". When the classroom teacher saw how many were drawn to the Music Lab, she went across the hall and grabbed the music teacher to join us for a few minutes and I learned who Kandinsky was!
With Valentine's Day this week, feel free to use this with your kiddos, too! Feel free to share the link with them and step back to see where their creativity takes them.