Do you know what makes my students really, really, really happy?
Nothing makes my students happier than a big bucket of fabric! If you have a bucket of fabric you have unlimited costumes and imagination!
I have been having kids make plays or videos for all of my 18 years but I never saw the power of the fabric bucket till I went to my new school. The fabric bucket does not belong to me but is actually shared among teachers and used for Hammurabi plays, Greek God skits, and vocabulary videos. I have the biggest classroom so I get physical ownership of it and I am lucky!
The fabric is old sheets, drapes, sashes, and rope. It has turned my kids into Babylonians, women on the Oregon Trail, and the red fabric can be wrapped to become a Redcoat. When I mention the use of the bucket the kiddos start frothing at the mouth so I often have to hold off on costumes until plays and videos are written and rehearsed. Once they get their hands on it, though, they become giggly little kids again and that makes me happy. Middle school kids should be excited about pretend play. It means they are still kids. Get yourself a bucket a bucket of fabric and watch your students become creative!!!