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Re: project idea for Diane --Super Snowflakes (K-adult)

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Lily Kerns (cwkerns)
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 05:48:35 -0600


>>maybe you could make paper snowflakes with your students. this would
satisify
your need for a project that is simple and elegant, with classroom
materials.
all you would need is square white paper, scissors, and maybe some glue and
glitter for an added touch. ...(snip)... you could point out in this lesson
the design
elements of a snowflake and how each one is different and unique,
>>>

Just be sure your kids know what snowflakes are <G>. I found a difference
in interest and response between my northern Iowa and southern Missouri
students....

The traditional approach is to fold the paper and then cut out shapes along
the edges. But when you stop to think about it, that really doesn't make
too much sense, does it--to discard all those carefully designed shapes and
then keep the leftovers......

I developed an different--i.e. backwards-- approach for "super snowflakes"
which involves planning what you will keep and throwing away the left overs.
You can tell _every_ time which way a person was thinking when they made the
design. I have used this approach with 1st and 2nd grades but it works
best if you have a smaller group at that age because some of them will need
help getting started with the concept.

These designs can be the starting point for stained glass, color wheels and
more....There are lots of possible multicultural links. I've also used
this as a "cooling" summer project....

For more information and detailed instructions, there is a lesson on the
Missouri Art Education Association page: http://maea.net/LE_flk.html

But don't say I didn't warn you--this is addictive. I ended up making 200 of
them --all different-- for a bulletin board one time...

Lily

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