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Lesson Plans


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Sharon Henneborn (heneborn)
Fri, 03 Jul 1998 12:16:27 -0600

For a number of years I had my students work with scrap wire, but in
spite of my efforts they always struggled to stabilize it instead of
exploiting its flexibility. This year I visited the Alexander Calder
100th Anniversary show in Washington, D.C., and returned with a book and
a video. After the students saw images of Calder playing with his wire
toys and experimenting with mobiles, they created imaginative projects
that made the wires ³dance². Second graders were walking about
balancing wires on their fingers and making little creatures with
extremities that wiggled.

Calderıs life story also offers a powerful connection to workplace
readiness, as he was able to turn the toys he created as a child into a
lifelong career.

  • Maybe reply: Lorena Nalin: "Re: Calder"
  • Maybe reply: Lorena Nalin: "Re: Calder"