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OPEN HOUSE IDEAS:Parent/teacher night, etc.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following activities/ideas center on making open house (parent teacher night etc.) at your school more informative, educational and fun. A relaxed mood makes for easier communication. Teachers from various grade levels supplied these ideas; however, with a bit of imagination, they may be modified to suite the needs of any level. Please consider sharing your ideas -- click on the bullseye to send your ideas/activities and I will be happy to add them to this list. Thank you for your support.
From: Kevin M O'Shaughnessy
2) Do a bar graph on "How we eat our Oreos!" Sound delicious?
3) During math class everyone receives an Oreo with strict instructions to eat it as they would at home.
4) Try to come up with 4 common ways and a 5th option to eat the cookie.
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An Interactive Open House
Level: (k-12 * with modification)
b) find their child's writing on the bulletin board and add a comment
c) listen to a poem at the Listening Center, etc.
b) try out a computer CD with the librarian.
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Open House Ideas-Science
From: Mary O'Reilly
Level: All (* with modification)
TEACHER'S NOTE: Our sixth grade science teacher had one of the funniest open houses in my memory.
2) After giving opening remarks give out foot long thermometers (or whatever you have) and tell the parents to take the temperature of the goldfish.
3) By the way, to get the fish temperature all you have to do is take the temperature of the water, the cold-blooded fish is the same temperature.
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From: Marcie Zisow
2) Let them actually do the popping. Several poppers will be helpful.
3) They then need to figure a way to count the amount without actually counting kernel by kernel. Strategies are written down by the kids and shared with the class.
4) Then children and parents select the strategy they would like to use and actually do the counting.
5) They'll be amazed to find they have about 200 pieces!
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Open House Ideas: Family Poster
2) They divide the poster into sections of their choice
Level: K-9 (* modification may be needed)
We just had open house, and I had word puzzles and games of the like for my parents and
their children to do together. Also, I have the students do an interest inventory on the first
day of class - things like, If you couldn't watch TV, what would you most likely do?
(not so ordinary questions).
So, for open house, I had the parents fill one about their children. Then, when the students
do them, we will compare the with what their parents said about them! It will be fun to see
Tangram puzzles are neat, geography games, pattern block patterns, etc. You could have
several stations and let them choose and travel. Have fun!
From: Brenda Wood
Here are a couple of ideas:
2) At Open Houses later in the year, use Hyper Studio to display student multimedia projects by creating a main menu which links to each of the students' project files.
3) Kid Pix sideshows are another great way to display student work, just not very interactive.
Video Open House
concepts = Open House
materials = video camera, tv and vcr
activity_time = 20 mins.
A Day In Mrs. ????? Class
tape each student individually introducing him/herself and saying what
favorite subject is.
tape your students working during different subjects. I usually do Math,
and Writing. I also video tape myself reading with the students.
4) Video tape the whole class, ready to go home, saying "Thank you for coming to our classroom. Bye!" The students can wave as you focus out. This is a great way for the students to show their parents what they do in school and for parents to really see their child at work. I have always had positive feedback on this and I have been doing it for about 8 years. Plus, there is no having to stand up front and give a speech. Just turn on the tv and go! Oh, before I turn the tv on, I do introduce myself, welcome the parents, thank them for coming and explain what they are going to see.
Teacher's Note: You may need to get permission from parents to video tape their children.
and Crafts: Make your open house a fun event
From: DeeAnn Anderson
Level: all -- (With major modification for K9-12)
Concepts = Open House
Materials = Will vary
Activity Time = ?? mins.
My son's 4th grade teacher had her students bring in a set of clothes in their backpacks
without their parents knowledge. When we arrived at open house, we found a class full of
"students". Her students had used a paper sack for the head. The head had eyes drawn on,
etc. and yarn hair. The head was attached to the clothes which were stuffed with newspaper
and the finished product was seated in the students' desks. My "son" had his feet up on his
desk and his hands posed behind his head which had his baseball cap on. We have never
laughed so hard.