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Lesson Plans

Re: new york art and Tar Beach

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susan reynolds (reynolds)
Mon, 09 Mar 1998 19:28:10 -0800

I recently observed a class of 1st graders, where the teacher used "Tar
Beach". She read the story to the class. She then had them close their
eyes and take a "flight" of imagination of their own, and with precut
squares of brightly colored wrapping paper they created an quilt on the
outside of a large piece of paper with glue, and in the center they drew
a picture of the "place they owned" after their flight of imagination.
As they were finishing up, they were given a bonus question for the day
for each "table" to discuss and answer as a group. The questions were
related to the book. They thoroughly enjoyed this exercise, the
drawings were very imaginative, and every student was able to accomplish
a finished product in one class period, Special Ed kids and regular
kids. This class was half and half.