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Ice Fishing

There’s Something Fishy Going On Here!

Simulating ice fishing in the classroom.

From snowmen to snowballs, ice castles to ice fortresses, winter provides a whole set of tasks and activities that can open a child’s imagination. The cold days in the North also bring about frozen lakes – an excellent setting for our cool winter activity: ice fishing!

Ice fishing has long been a tradition of many Northern communities. What better way to learn about this tradition than to bring it into the classroom through interactive play!




Writing Prescriptions

Time to Buy your Medicine!

Here is another example of how teachers are creating “playful” spaces for authentic writing experiences in their classrooms.

Children’s Writing Shapes their Play Narratives

This student takes notes about the “medicine” that she is holding.

Three young girls brought some writing materials to the tables (along the wall) in the corner of the classroom. They each set up a “work station” at the table and began to stock their stations with wooden blocks. As they did this, they also wrote some names/letters/lines/shapes on their papers. One girl announced that the blocks were “medicine” and soon these stations became “pharmacies” and the blocks were pretend medicine that they had to organize. They gathered the medicine (blocks), they took notes, and talked about doctors and patients. (more…)