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Re: project idea for Diane

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Mon, 07 Dec 1998 07:35:37 -0500 (EST)

There's a lot you can do with this snowflake idea, especially with such
young students. Perhaps you can add to the immediate relevance of such a
project by supplementing their science learning (ie, teaching briefly
about the nature of snow, when it falls, why, how it forms, etc. This info
shouldn't be to hard to come by). Also, you might talk with the kids about
what snow means to them, or what it makes them think of (do you live in an
area that gets snow?).
In addition,Heidi mentions that each snowflake is unique. This is a concept
you can apply directly to the students. You might ask them some ways that
they are like snowflakes. This would be a great way to teach about
diversity (my art ed class did a similar lesson with flowers this
semester). Also, you might ask the kids to make snowflakes that say
something about them,personally. These would make beautiful personalized
gifts, and in the process, the students would learn about snowflakes and
about themselves as well, not to mention the excercise in motor skills
and art production.

Laura Romer, Art Education Major, Appalachian State

On Mon, 7 Dec 1998 HyDeJoF wrote:

> In a message dated 98-12-05 18:29:28 EST, owner-artsednet-
> writes:
> << Sorry this is last minute, but here goes...some of you already know I teach
> k-2. I'm worried that their ceramic fish, etc. may not come out as good as
> I hoped, and so I need a backup holiday gift idea for parents' gifts.
> Nothing ceramic, too late for that. My classes are jumping beans, I think
> not quite a few are Attention Deficit Disorder, etc. so any ideas must be
> simple, not pattern stuff, hopefully not with paint, or printing. (except
> if you have ideas with stamp pads and original type stamping medium.)
> Simple, elegant,not requiring materials other than standard artroom
> supplies and easy to wrap. Tall order. Thanks in advance.(I would really
> prefer not to do holiday art, and stick to a fine arts curriculum, but as a
> new teacher, I'm still getting my feet wet. maybe next year I will better
> be able to concretely define and assert my curriculum.) Sincerely, Diane L.
> >>
> Diane -
> 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. this would give them a project that goes with the
> season, but is not really a holiday theme, so you wouldn't run into problems
> with religious differences. you could point out in this lesson the design
> elements of a snowflake and how each one is different and unique, and
> encourage each to be orginal. i assume that you know what a paper snowflake
> is, but if not, here's a quick explanation: fold the paper in half one way,
> and then the other to make a square - then cut in various diamond and triangle
> shapes from all sides - open, glue on glitter, and add a hanger if desired.
> just an idea (one of my favorites as a kid!) = )
> Heidi Faith
> Art Education major - University of Arizona