If you find that you’re struggling to create exciting and engaging lesson plans for students or children over the lockdown period, Kinteract is a great way to engage all students, wherever they are.
These are aimed at a younger audience, but we’ve included some activities that are more suited to teenagers too. Activities don’t always have to involve directly teaching a child. Learning often comes naturally through play (which is a great excuse to have some fun yourself).
- Take a trip to the zoo: not literally, of course. Zoos across the world are providing virtual tours, often with information and knowledge from the zookeepers and staff. This is a great way to keep children learning, but also engage their interests. This could then lead on to further activities during the day, such as naming as many animals as possible or drawing their favourite animal that they met at the zoo.
- Create a fun recipe to make: this one will require parental supervision, but is a great way to get your students doing something they might not normally get to do at school. Pick a recipe, such as cupcakes, cookies, or flapjack (don’t forget to check for allergies first), and get your students baking. Encourage them to take photos throughout the process so they can upload and share them with other students. Kinteract is great for enabling everyone to collaborate and share their achievements. Not only will this provide them with cooking skills for the future, it’s also great for maths skills (measuring the ingredients), science (describe how temperature works), and English (reading the recipe and perhaps discovering new words), as well as creating a tasty treat (hopefully).
- Nature trail: although we can’t go far, we can still appreciate what’s around us. Even if your children or your students don’t have access to a garden, they can still discover nature, whether that’s from a window or on a walk. Encourage them to create a nature trail and ask them to identify various creatures, trees, flowers, or birds on their journey (or through the window). This is a great way to learn about the natural environment.
- Practice photography: it might not be on the curriculum, but it’s a fun way to encourage your teens to start thinking about photography seriously, rather than just a selfie to upload to Snapchat. Give them a list of items or emotions to photograph to really get them thinking. For example, ask them what ‘love’ looks like to them or ‘calmness’. They might play around with effects and filters, producing some creative pictures that they can cherish forever – as well as upload to Kinteract.
Digital platforms are a great way to document students’ learning journeys – wherever they may be and whatever they might be up to. Although on the face of it, teaching has changed somewhat, learning hasn’t, and both teachers and parents can be present and active in the process, by being connected.
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