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Re: step-by-step Clay Neighborhood Unit

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Diane Gregory (dg09)
Tue, 07 Apr 1998 16:12:40 -0600 (CST)


Responding to the message of Fri, 03 Apr 1998 00:02:58 -0500 (EST)
from Maahmaah <Maahmaah>:
> In a message dated 98-04-02 19:57:12 EST, you write:
> << I am just wondering how many students you have.>>
> I had 7 students this time. A few years ago a friend of mine did it with
> a
> class of 17 young children and it worked really well. She set them up in
> groups and they worked co-operatively in the planning stages.
> <<How often do you see them?>>
> This latest class was 5 weeks long meeting for 1 1/2 hours each Tuesday.
> <<How did you introduce specific skills when making the parts of the
> neighborhood? Did you use solid forms for the buildings and coils for
> flay
> poles, etc? I am intrigued! Tell me more!>>
> 1) After discussing neighborhoods and communities we brainstormed for
> ideas
> of things to put in our neighborhood. The kids all were eager to make
> their
> houses and buildings first. This just happened to be the concensus.
> Another
> class might decide to make a zoo first..... Anyway, you go with what you
> get
> so I taught them how to do slab construction first with scoring and slip.
> Of
> course, first we talked about where clay came from, how it is different
> from
> playdough, it's particular properties, the importance of wedging to get
> rid of
> the air bubbles and so on.
> 2) The next week the kids wanted to do a zoo and a park. They used the
> slab
> method previously learned and I showed them how to pinch the clay into
> shape
> for animals.
> 3) The third week was a combination of the first two methods and I added
> a
> coil demonstration that they used to make trees (trunks). I also had
> extruding tools that they incorporated just through their own
> experimentation.
> They ended up doing things like subtractive and additive methods without
> my
> prompting. I made sure to point out these methods that they were using
> instinctively.
> 4) For the fourth class I had the kids paint their bisqued pieces with
> underglaze. Class time ran out and I put on the coat of clear glaze
> myself.
> 5) For the last class we set out a large square table for our
> neighborhood.
> First we covered it with green construction paper for all the grass.
> Then the
> kids decided where they wanted to live and put out the Post Office, the
> Grocery Store, the zoo cages, the playground equipment. Then, using
> other
> construction paper, they fashioned the roads, ponds, parking lots, flower
> beds, etc. One little girl brought hot wheel cars for everyone to park
> in
> their driveways.
> This whole class kept the kids fascinated! The attention spans were
> long,
> conversation focused and imaginative, and the work was charming. These
> kids
> had never worked with clay before and after this class they were like
> little
> ceramic experts.
> Hope all this info helps. I am curious to know how this works in your
> classroom. If any of you out there try this or have
> comments/suggestions/off-
> shoot activities please e-mail to let me know.
> -Lee

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