This lesson is for kindergarteners and ties in with their social studies unit titled, All About Me, where they gain knowledge of individual development and study basic external body parts. I read the silly book, Head, Body, Legs: A story from Liberia by Won-ldy Paye & Margaret H. Lippert, which is about a disembodied head that can’t get cherries or mangoes from the trees unless it cooperates with the rest of the body parts. It finds arms, legs, and body and they work together to get the food they want to eat. I have done this lesson in the past using cutout butcher block paper and magnets and decided to try the Epson Brightlink. The kids loved it. All of the students were able to manipulate the pen pretty smoothly. One boy had a temper tantrum because he didn’t want to wait for his turn. When head cooperates in the story he says “This is perfect.” One class picked up on that and when they finished their picture they said, “This is perfect.” Attached is a video showing the students manipulating the pen.
Standards Accomplished in This Unit
3.3 Communicates and synthesizes ideas in logical and creative or novel ways.
3.3.2 Presents information that visually conveys the main idea and supporting details about a topic.
ISoc4B3: c. describe the unique features of one’s nuclear and extended families
Integrated Unit: All About Me – Students learn how they are special and unique.