Google is holding their annual doodling contest for students, Doodle 4 Google 2014. We've all seen the doodle change on Google's homepage (right now it is olympics), but for the past couple of years they have challenged kids to create their own. This year the theme is "creating an invention that can help the earth".
In working with a couple of 2nd grade classrooms we first brainstormed how he could help the earth by breaking it down into smaller chunks (such as home, school, environment, community, and animals). Then we shared examples/ideas of how we could make each place better. Google then suggested (they have lesson plans) telling the story of how Band-Aids were invented as a small resource for a family, but exploded into an invention used around the world to help everyone.
The kids are so creative with their inventions.
Finally, we spent a little time looking at the doodles that Google has done in the past, hopefully to help spark some ideas. When the lesson was over it was time to create. Students did have some difficulty thinking "around the word Google", but once a few got it--they all began to fly with it.
If you do decide to participate in this lesson one word of advice: Demonstrate how to draw around the word Google. This takes some practice for the kids, so you should SHOW THEM by making a drawing yourself. Otherwise students will just trace the word Google. That is the one change I made from teaching my first class to the second (I reflected on how I could better instruct my kids).
Here is the link if you want to join in: DOODLE 4 GOOGLE 2014
So that's it for Spark Student Motivation. I'm hoping to get into a few more classrooms and try it out. As I've said before, I love seeing the differences in ideas in all grade levels. It gives great perspective.
Thanks so much to Joanne for the wonderful link-up! I'm always glad to be a part of it!