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Re: 5 day project??

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Hingham - Foster - Cynthia - McKeon (cmckeon)
Wed, 12 May 1999 08:30:14 +0100


Linda, do you currently teach just 5-6? My older students really love
this project (perfect for grades 4-8). We talk about how different
cultures have a celebration when their children turn 13 or so and go
through some kind of initiation; the only comparable thing to this in
our culture is a Barmitzva, Bamitzva or first communion. We then
brainstorm about important events in young adult lives which should be
celebrated: they have come up with getting a driver's license, staying
home alone for the first time; graduation; getting the lead in a
play; having their team win a division final, etc. (some choose older
themes, such as first apartment, first car, etc.)

They then design a place setting for such a celebration. I have
examples of differently designed paper plates/cups/forks. They also
need to incorporate lettering in some way. I do provide some tracers
for the cup shape (so that they can roll it into a three dimensional cup
- this takes more planning to make the cup work) they use compasses,
rulers, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pens (their choice of
media). This is wonderful at the end of the year. You can incorporate
into your lessons: costumes used in rites of passage from different
cultures; and or current advertising (it helps to have a full set a
fast food restaurant's dish wear - this leads to some interesting design
/aesthetics discussions).

Cynthia, South of Boston