Learning Goals: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Mutually-Directed Play
What did this class do?
The students decided to build a haunted house in their classroom during the month of October.
To begin, the educator provided a structure for the haunted house and had students play within the space to determine what they wanted to add to their haunted house.
Next, the students generated a list of items they wanted to add to their haunted house. Using recycled materials provided by the educator, the children worked together to create and add new features to their haunted house.
Lastly, the educator supported the children in writing signs and labels for the haunted house.
Cardboard, paper, pencils and markers to create signs, tickets, etc.
Why is it Collaborative Play?
This example started as free play as the children independently started building the haunted house but became collaborative play once the educator got involved.
The educator helped the children decide how to use the materials and supported their writing, but the children did all of the designing, building, and labeling.