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Lesson Plans

lesson ideas

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Julie Trzybinski (jtrzybinski)
Wed, 12 May 1999 10:19:06 -0500 (EST)

My fifth graders are working on descriptive paragraphs and an "Eric Carle"
illustration to go with it. We watched the video "Eric Carle: Picture
Writer" and then they chose a topic to write about (a color, a season,
etc.) They were instructed to write simply, as if they were writing for a
children's book. They painted their tissue paper and it went into a class
bin. They are now finishing their illustrations and using the tissue to
add the color in the same style as Eric Carle. The students that choose to
donate their work will have them bound into a fifth grade class book that
will be donated to the school library. They are turning out wonderful, but
here is my dilemma. We have three 50 minute art periods left before the
end of the year (we are on a six day rotation). Most of the kids will take
up until the last day to finish, but a few are almost there if not already
done. In this case, I usually have them free draw or do a mini lead-in
type assignment for the next project. I am having really difficult time
finding a lesson for these students to work on that can last anywhere from
one to three class periods. The catch is that it needs to be something
that they can work independently on with little instruction - the Carle
project takes a great deal of help and assistance from me. I hate to have
these kids "free draw" for three classes, I would like to find something
with a little substance to it to take these speedy workers to the end of
the year (and also to keep them from distracting those still working!)



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