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Lesson Plans

re: Snowflakes and Holiday gift ideas !!!! love this listserve !!:)

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Wed, 9 Dec 1998 08:02:47 EST

Hi all , I am constantly amazed also at how in sync we all are. Just got home
from work yesterday exhausted and clicked you guys on and lo and behold
I do snowfalkes each year, no mine are not six sided, but my milk carton birds
and my cats drawn with "cookie heads, potatoe bodies and one potatoe, two
potatoe , three potatoe four feet aren't scientifically accurate either" but I
can see the merit in tying in scientific fact whenever we are able.
In this holiday season I always do "evergreen trees" collages out of
triangular cut green construction paper and brown rectangles. Discussing why
they are called evergreen and how people wanted to bring a bit of nature
indoors during the long winter. We also discuss the fact that this tree made
this way looks somewhat like the actual shape but really is a simplified
symbol of the actual object in nature. I bring in a pine bough for them to
pass around. I avoid holiday references but if the individual child chooses to
decorate it with colored light type shapes that is a choice that they have. On
to snowflakes... I have the students make very large flakes out of roll paper
and we tape them all over the school walls !!!!! They love this and they are
building their cutting skills in the procces of learning about shapes and
structure and design and symmetry.
On to gift ideas or a take home project.... Tongue depressors (BIG popscicle
Decorate each on one side only with marker in a different pattern, (a design
that must repeat) stripes, spots dots. We talk about craftsmenship and that a
rished job may be finished but it is not always finished to the best of thier
ability. Glue these together in a frame 2 together vertically ll and two
together horizontally = make up each side opf the 4 sided frame. When dry, on
small precut squares @4 1/4 by 4 1/4 have them trace with pencil the inside
area of their frame so as to not make the picture too big. Then they do a self
portrait with pencil first then colored pencil to finish. Many families have
these displayed for many years in their homes. I do this with 1st and second
grades and I find that 4th and 5th grades want to make the frames as well and
many do at home and bring them in to show me. Please excuse any typos , I am
doing this before school and wanted to share with you all !! Happy creating
!!! Christine :)