ACCA gallery activities

Standard 4.3

ACCA gallery activities

In order to foster collaborative learning and group participation myself and a fellow pre-service teacher developed a series of 3 collaborative activities to run in the ACCA gallery exhibition ‘Better Together’. The activities were developed based on student suggestions.

Activity 1: Total Recall

  • Each student to situate themselves anywhere in the gallery
  • Stand for 2-3 mins and come up with one word (anything)

Then gather students into a circle in the foyer:

  • Speaking to the person on their left, a student is to share their word with the person next to
    them (aloud)
  • The student that receives the word, then shares their word with the person next to them, and
    the word from the previous person
  • The next person shares their word and the words that they heard before them
  • This will take place until all students (and teachers) have partaken, recalling and sharing all 20 words
  • In the end, write down on a piece of paper all the words in the order that you recall hearing
    from the last person in the circle.


Activity 2: Paperback Writers

  • Pair up and share a space with one another
  • Stand for five minutes and take in the space. You can talk to one another, but keep the
    conversation about the space
  • After 5 minutes, tape a sheet to your partner’s back and write a sentence, a poem, a word
    about your experience
  • Try to guess what your partner is going to write
  • Swap partners and repeat the activity using the same sheets of paper – you could go back to
    the space or choose somewhere new. After another 5 minutes record your observations on
    each other’s backs.
  • Do this 3 times which should be a total of 15 minutes.


Activity 3: Intro-perspective

  • Students take a sheet of paper to a position anywhere in the gallery
  • They spend 10mins in this position taking notes, writing observations or lists, drawing
    sketches or maps
  • After 10mins they put their paper on the floor and navigate to another student’s sheet of
    paper
  • They then repeat the process for 10mins on the other student’s sheet of paper. After 10mins they swap to a third sheet of paper and they take more notes and observations for another
    10mins. This should take us up to 2:30pm.
  • As a part of this activity students may do blind drawing or take sheets of paper from
    ‘Standard Length of a Miracle’.


Lesson plan (view all the lesson plan here)

The action

Ideas generated from the activities