Students use paint to put their hand/fingerprint and signature on a community wall.
- Cognitive: Students will demonstrate knowledge of concept of community.
- Affective: Students will feel connected to the classroom/school community.
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Skills
Wall or butcher/poster paper, paint, sinks (for cleanup), markers, student roster
Prepare stations for students to work at.
|2 min||Explain that group will be creating a community wall of hand or thumbprints and that all students should participate in some fashion. This activity is a way to connect with others in the school community.
Even if students don’t want to use paint, encourage them to sign the wall.
|Encourage all students to take part.|
|8 min||Instruct students to take turns getting paint for hand/thumbprint. Respecting others’ art, wash hands when print is added to group wall. Then they can sign their name next to their print.||Consider the classroom setting before students work with paint. Plan a clear path to the sink.|
|5 min||Wrap up the activity by celebrating community efforts.
Optional: Set a time to have a formal unveiling of the completed display.
Offer time for students to gather thoughts. Ask students to share observation (in pairs, small group, whole group).
|Highlight the group experience.
How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.
Emotional Intelligence Tips
- Go over norms about respecting other people’s work
- Optional: Use school colors to promote school spirit
- Optional: Cover the dry paper with plexiglass so it lasts
- Encourage students to be patient, respectful, and open, and to reserve judgment
- Approach student work with curiosity