chose which students were to do which planets
supervised the blowing up part (we used balloons)
researched the planets and made 18 x 24 'posters'
In art the students paper mached and painted. Each student did one planet so
they each had their own. Mobiles sound great, but it would have taken longer
than I wanted to spend on this. We ended up with three separate solar
systems. two were hung in their room and the third set along with their
posters I hung in the showcase near the front door and the principal's office.
They turned out cool, their regular teacher was happy and it just took two 45
minute classes of art. If we weren't breaking for the holiday I would have
them do a landscape of their planet. They would imagine the colors, terrain,
sky, fore-middle-back ground. the works.
good luck! Susan Briggs
In a message dated 12/17/98 3:06:19 PM, smi writes:
<<Hi to everyone. This list was recommended by a former colleague and I am
interested in whether you all can help me out there. I have been approached
with the dreaded "papier mache planet" request for one of my third grades.
They are studying the solar system and the teacher thought it would be fun to
create hanging solar system mobiles. The thought of it just kills me. I have
tried searching the web for ideas that I could see as more of an integrated
learning experience but can't find anything out there. My periods are 40
minutes but can be extended into extra class time. Please help! You can e-mail
me at smi with any suggestions! Thanks in advance!>>