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An end of the project which has been, instructional, fun and also =
coincides with what my 2nd grade classroom teachers have been doing is =
using plasticene clay for modeling insects.
Modeling Clay Insect Activity
Visual: magazine photos, books on insects from library, posters =
available from the teachers
(I have some insect drawing books which were economical =
from Scholastic which are nice)
Vocabulary: 3-D, sculpture, symmetry, modeling, texture, insect, head, =
Supplies: plasticene clay(2 or 3 colors is fun), pipe cleaners, beads, =
thin foam sheets, 4"x4" pieces of cardboard,*assorted small junk
1. Each student gets a piece of cardboard and 1/2 stick of clay
2. We discuss the three parts of the insects body.
3. The students decide on an insect to make and create the three body =
parts. At this time we discuss texture and how we can use our pencil to =
create different texture on the insect parts.
4. The students add the correct number of legs for their insect, using =
pipe cleaners (1 large pipe cleaner is enough) 6 legs
5. The student creates antennae using 1 pipe cleaner cut in half, =
curled around a pencil.
6. The student creates eyes using small beads. Didi you know a bee has =
7. The student creates a mouth using a pipe cleaner piece or bead, =
depending on the type of bug
8. Some insects have wings, so I demo how to fold the thin foam (you =
could use paper) and cut the wings...
some insects have two sets of wings.....
9. I demo grooving the thorax with my pencil and pushing the wings into =
place, I then pinch the thorax, so to=20
make the clay mold around the wings.
10. The students get very creative with their bug and some need to =
decide how to make a stinger, or pinchers
(bed bugs ugh!) etc.
Have fun, Barbara:)
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