Brenda, I see you've gotten some great responses already. Hope this helps as
well. With K-5 graders at a previous school, we did a community mural that
would reflect our community-at-large as well as be created by every pair of
I bought 6 panels of luan plywood which is cheap and pretty light. I went to
the paint store and asked for their leftovers which they gave me for
$1/gallon. I then only had to purchase a few additional colors (basically primary)
I had the 5th graders paint the backgrounds and generally supervise the
collage pieces to go on each panel. There were two panels for winter, two for
summer, one for fall and one for spring. In each season we illustrated the cool
things that happen in our county.
I guided some of the more skilled class groups to create huge landmarks of
our town or create the giant balloons from the hot air balloon fair. They
created these out of cardboard, tissue paper, papier mache paste etc. By doing it
this way, the 5th graders could work on the backgrounds and have ownership of
that without the little kids messing up or repainting their work. I would
decide the placement of the largest stuff, the 5th graders would fill in the
other areas with other pieces.
K made trees
1st made people using pipe cleaners to help them create gestures and then
tracing around them
2nd made animals, carnival rides, kites, clouds, fireworks, etc.
3rd/4th made large landmarks, hot air balloons, huge ferris wheel etc.
It was very, very successful. To hang it, I painted the wall black for
"framing" and then had the custodians center and space the 6 panels.