Name/Title: Roll or Attendance

Purpose of Event: The purpose is to add a little more meaning to taking attendance. Traditionally, we have children stand on numbers. I have simply added to this.

Prerequisites: At the beginning of the school year I have the students stand on a number that corresponds to their last name (alphabetical order), and as we stretch, I ask where number 3 or number 30, etc., is if there is no student on those numbers.

Suggested Grade Level: 6-12

Materials Needed: Asphalt paint.

Description of Idea

I have lots of blacktop that is not being used so I decided to use different areas to add to my roll taking variations. I have the numbers painted; then I painted the alphabet. Thereafter, I painted the periodic table of the elements and assigned each student in each period an element. (C, H, AU, etc.) Then I painted out a keyboard and assigned each student a letter, punctuation mark or symbol. (By this time I have fairly good idea who would be an asterisk, question mark or exclamation.) The numbers and alphabet are three feet apart. The keyboard is two-foot squares but the elements are four foot blocks.

Assessment Ideas:

I am always surprised when I ask where "Hydrogen" is and a little voice replies, "Oh, he's not here today!" Although I have not actually done anything but take roll, I can imagine getting into groups by forming molecules. I have taught prime numbers with the roll numbers and vowels and consonents with the alpabet. I have had the "home keys" take off on a lap and had the rest of the class chase them.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Though I have not had children with disablities since I repainted the blacktop, I can place students in wheelchairs in the space bar of the keyboard and put wheelchairs on the outside numbers or alpha spots.

Submitted by Jeffrey Merzbacher who teaches at Hawthorne Elementary in San Diego, CA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 12/21/2005.
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