One of my favorite "extra' projects for early finishers in 5th grade - Valued hands
Students trace their hand 3 times with pen on 9x12 paper, with hands overlappping and outlines of all hands showing. Then, draw 4 more lines, with a ruler, from one edge across to the opposite side, dividing the largest spaces into smaller spaces. This line will also go through the hand tracings. Then pick 4 colors ( any type of color scheme works here) and color each space from dark to light. If all spaces are colored from dark to light in the same direction - from left to right or from center out, for example, these turn out very cool, the kids love doing it! It's particularly good for working on colored pencil values .
From: BSoviero@aol.com [mailto:BSoviero@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 1:43 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Hands!!!!!
I have been searching for a great first project and I LOVE this! The hands do SO many things, talk (sign language) tell stories (hula) give people comfort (hug) create art, music, build things... I could go on! I teach K-5 so I am thinking of making a different project for each grade level. Maybe K-1 we could trace our hands and create self-portraits of the special things our hands help us do, or for the older grades, we could draw hands doing things, helping people....
Carol- In my searching for other ideas, I came across this lesson... I will have to adapt it, but maybe it will spark some ideas for you...
In Your Hands <http://www.ivow.net/vow/files/lessons/inyourhands.html> Lesson Plan Lesson ideas that talk about hands in reference to violence and peace
Great idea - and it was right under my nose and "in my hands" the whole time!
K-5, Long Island