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Re: sub plans 7-8 (Making Faces-long)

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat May 03 2003 - 06:58:26 PDT


Thanks Melissa! Gee I love this list. I have done "Head, Body, Feet"
flip books for years with kids and never knew about Mesenger's book. I
just ordered a used one from Amazon. Sometimes I think we are all just
different parts of one big brain...the artsednet brain! Together we can
answer, conquer, fix, solve, create, do almost anything!

When I do my books, I have kids work in groups to create a larger book
in less time. They work in groups of 3. At first they line up 3 sheets
of 3x4 paper vertically and make a mark at the edges where each
joins...between the top two sheets, they mark the width of the
connecting neck on top and middle paper, on the bottom and middle edges,
they mark where the body transitions into legs or whatever means of
getting around theydream up! Then they trace these marks (measurements)
on lots of other pieces of paper. Then they go to work...one person
dreams up all sorts of ridiculous heads and necks, another designs lots
of random bodies with lots of details, the 3rd kid designs the "legs",
which might be carrots, tree trunks, real legs, animal legs and feet,
etc. The heads and bodies can be human or animal, too. The only
important thing is that they remember their original measurements in
their drawings, as later, theyall have to join up. WHen we are tired of
drawing (usually about 3 or 4 days), we put them together in booklets
and kids have fun looking at each other's wacky combinations. Thanks
for telling us about this book of yours! IT's great for a sub, also
great for an end of the year, fun, "mindless to the teacher" activity
that kids love, if you know what I mean....wink, wink!!! SO much to do
in the little classroom prior to closing up shop!!! I always try to do
something like this at the end that is pressure free!

Linda

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