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I have a drawing lesson on the first day with upper elementary kids. I
have used Oreos cookies or pretzels (the twisted like a heart kind) but
the idea is basically the same. I have them fold a paper in half and ask
them to draw an oreo on one side of the paper. I give them a few
minutes and while they are working I jot down the comments I hear .
Then I pass out a cookie to each kid (warn them not to eat it) Then they
are to draw the oreo again on the other half of the page. This drawing
usually takes much longer. Then we spend some time comparing the two
drawings and they tell which one is better and why. It leads into a
great discussion of drawing what you see, details make things more
interesting,etc...of course at the end they get to eat the cookie. When
I do the pretzel we also talk about what they could turn the pretzel
drawing into-swimming pool, glasses, space ship etc...
Jeryl in SC
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