Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
Arbor Day, 2016, at least in the US, was celebrated this past Friday, April 29.
For teachers who want to help students become good stewards of our environment…
every day can be Arbor Day and…
we can decorate trees, not just to celebrate Arbor Day or a holiday, but in any season of the year…
to catch kids’ attention and help them learn!
Trim an Attentionology Tree – Draw attention to the importance of paying attention in class by decorating an Attentionology Tree!
Make this a class project.
Follow the guidelines below.
Bring in a tree – artificial or real or turn a bulletin board into a giant tree using colored construction paper for the trunk and leaves.
Ask students if they feel more distracted than usual as the school year nears the end of term.
Discuss the importance of staying focused and on task in class, especially during exciting times of the year when distractions increase.
Talk about the impact of distractions, how they can get in the way of getting basic, good work done.
Make a list on the board of your own and students’ ideas about HOW to make ourselves pay attention when we need to do so.
Ask students to help decorate the class’ Attentionology Tree.
Here’s how to keep kids involved…