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Did a modified version of "written and illustrated by"...supposedly an
integrated unit with 2nd grade. Write a "Giant" story in class (original to
the student), illustrate it in art and then assemble and sew the books
together. This was followed with each child doing a simple 3D project. I had
collect enough tubes (from photo developing places appox. 10"x4" dia.) for
each child to have his own. We wrapped the tubes in foil and then the
students drew on them with permanent markers something from their illustrated
book. The tubes were strung together with a rope to make..."The Giant's
Necklace". Each tube representing a child's story and some facet of the
"Giant's" life. It made a huge necklace.
Due to lack of communication on my part...the integrated aspect of the project
apparently didn't fit into the needs of the gradelevel teachers...basically it
was my project and they acquiesced to write the story in class. Appox. one
month later they proceeded with their bought hard bound books...wrote stories
and had an author's party...nothing from the giant's necklace was included as
far as I know (I wasn't even invited to any of the author parties). What a
lesson in miscommunication. Or was it the lack of desire to integrate with
the art program. Sometimes the concept of integrating learning needs to run
both ways...art to the grade level and vice versa. However I will take
responsibility for the lack of success on the integrating but the project was
neat. My heart felt thanks will always go out to a parent who gave so much to
me and the kids to get this project done. Thanks Cody.