I did a lesson with fifth grade which might be successful. We did
metamorphosis ala Picasso designing a Italian fish clay candle holder. I
showed them how to make a coil vase getting small at the beginning and getting
larger at the middle. Then they had to make the coils get smaller. A small
vase. They had to smooth the coils on the outside and turn the vase on its
side for a fish, create a pinch pot for the top for the candle holder, create
a base at the bottom of the fish, and create eyes, and a tail for the fish.
Some had trouble creating a solid base. Some had trouble adhering the pinch
pot or eyes without slip and scoring both clay parts. But most understood the
process after modeling the fish candle holder in modeling clay for a practice
session. I got 80% of the class out of 32 to complete the project and this
incorporates SL and EH children in elementary school. I hope this is a unique
idea that brings coil, pinch, scoring and slip together. Some bait stores have
fish catalogues available for schools to help them with their fish renditions.