Each student will receive a puzzle piece. They should fill in their puzzle piece with words, phrases, drawings, photos, and/or magazine clippings. It should represent who they are. I'm going to have students stand up, introduce themselves and briefly talk about their puzzle piece. Once everyone has had a chance to speak, we are going to glue the pieces together on a big sheet of paper. (I did not create corner or edge pieces so new students can be added easily to our classroom puzzle.) There are so many talking points regarding this activity.
- Create a discussion on how we are all different and yet are connected in some way. (Physically connecting the pieces.)
- Let students know there is always room for a new friend. (Adding pieces when new students arrive.)
- As part of a connected team (giant puzzle) we can still be individuals (small pieces)
I can't wait to try this in my classroom! How are you going to use the puzzle piece in your classroom? I'd love to hear your ideas.
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