It’s March 1st, you know what that means besides my birthday? It’s time to kick off a new month full of exciting lessons and here is a great one inspired from Play like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins. As many of you know, I have been using Perler Beads for STEAM and STREAM lessons of late. However, I have also been adding a bit of play to them. In the above image is the Pillsbury Doughboy and Pharaoh Man from Mega Man 4 along with a 3D polar print of Google Drawings. Now, you are probably wondering first of all, that I have too much time on my hands and what this has to do with writing.
This works for a synthesis journal activity that students will eventually use to write a historical story. We all know that Pillsbury up there always talked about something from the kitchen, but did you know there were a lot of treats and delicacies coming from the the Egyptian Empire? Yes, its true. So here is how this all works.
- Using Google Drawing assign groups of 3 to a shared Google Drawing to create a synthesis journal template as shown above.
- Have the groups create their synthesis on the history of Ancient Egyptian meals using the journal.
- The groups then take their synthesis and write a history paper on the information they have synthesized from the research.
- Now, head back to the present and see where those foods exist today or why they don’t.
- Finally, have students write an original story if an ancient Pharaoh ended up in modern times and only could return by finding one of his meals from his own time and creating it.
This is a fun activity that uses STREAM: science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics. Its a great way to introduce writing prompts with play using Perler Beads or models. Give it a try today.