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Lesson Plans

Re: Activity Centers

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 18:52:42 -0500

When I was a student teacher, I learned about a great activity center from
my cooperating teacher, Lynn Nanni. (K-5, Lake Garda School, Burlington,

The Kindergarten people every fall are introduced to primary and secondary
colors. Each person is given two small pieces of yellow, red, or blue
modeling clay. The class is told about the primary colors, then told to
mush and squish the two pieces of primary colored clay together. The
secondary colors are then discovered and discussed. Other combinations are
tried, and compared. Great lesson, and they love just squishing the clay!

This primary and secondary color lesson could be prefaced with one of those
books I've seen for young people discovering colors. I think there's one
about a cat and his friends who are artists and they mix colors for a
flower painting....Does anyone know any good titles?

Anyway, later on the mixed modeling clay is put at an activity center in
plastic tubs (My friend Molly says to buy some cool wip and throw it away,
then use the containers). The grade 1-5 people get to use it to make small
sculptures when they are done with their work. Eventually the modeling
clay gets greyish brown. The artists are eager to display their sculptures
on the teacher's desk for a week or so, when the modeling clay supply gets
low. The concept of temporary art work is discussed in the beginning of
the year when the activity centers are introduced.

I've been lurking most of the summer. It feels good to get a chance to

Mark Alexander