I do a large class demo...then the kids do the rest.
With kinders I start with pinch pots, then usually do some sort of
"house"/structure to go with their architecture unit. If I do animals, and have time, I
might do a third piece.
With first graders, we make coiled pots, I usually do faces to go with their
Making Faces Unit, although I have used mask forms before and done the faces
with mask forms. They looked pretty cool!
With second grade, I do some sort of trapped air form.
Third grade...through fifth grade......it depends on what I am doing. I have
done figures in motion. I think this year I am going to do houses with 4th
grade. I do environments with them, so I thought I might have them design a
house for a specific environment and create it in clay.
I try to do at least 2 clay projects with each grade level....sometimes that
works, sometimes it does not. Last year I had problems with my kiln all year
long. I was only able to do clay with 4th graders, 5th graders, kinders and a
first grade. boo hoo!
My kiln was just repaired so we are starting clay next week with third grade!