In our area we have a guy who goes by the name Junk Genius - he has been to
our school several times. He makes vending machines, robots and sculptures
out of things as simple as cardboard and as complex as motors from Goodwill
The kids love to create sculptures using junk and old toys. I had my fifth
graders collect - and I supplemented with Goodwill- stuff. They didn't
bring much in (never met so many people without junk drawers and toy bins!)
- but we had a good supply. Soft plastic could be cut into sections
(torsos, limbs...) hard plastic was trickier - most screws aren't standard -
phillips or flat - but a triangular screw top... we scavenged pieces to make
new things - . They were fifth grade - each table had two hot glue guns -
no accidents with three classes.
We are also using the Recycled-Reseen text/print/video set in primary
classes... and just bought the video 'Daniel and the Towers' (?) about the
Watts Towers - thought the kids might like it. (Reading Rainbow episode 111
- The Wonderful Towers of Watts by Patricia Zelver)
Use the book Calder's Circus - although I was disappointed in the video...