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Observing Activities

About This Daily Classroom Special 
Each week Homework Hotline will suggest homework assignments aimed at grades K-1 and 2-3. Homework Hotline was written by Buzz Eyler, Director of Educational Technology
at the Orcutt School District ( CA) and a former Teachers Network web mentor. 

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Observing Activities

This week the homework will center on observing activities. The activities are appropriate for K-3, except as noted. Feel free to copy, cut, and paste the assignments into your own word processor for sending home (or print this page).

Day 1

Ask the children to go home tonight and look out their front doors. Write or dictate a list of things they see as they stand there. Bring it to school tomorrow.

Day 2

Have the children go home and look out their front doors again. This time, however, make a list of things they DO NOT see. Caution them that this list does need to have any relation to the one they made last night.

Day 3

Divide a piece of paper into four parts. In the upper left hand corner (section 1) have the children draw a picture at school. Take the paper home and have three other people draw the same picture in each of the other sections. Encourage them to be as similar as possible.

Day 4

Give each child a piece of 12" x 18" white paper to take home. Have the children ask each person in their family to write the name of two things on the back of the paper. The children then draw a single picture which incorporates all of the objects named. Bring the pictures to school to compare.


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