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Lesson Plans

Re: In need of an idea

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lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Fri, 27 Nov 1998 09:23:22 -0500

Dear Rosa.
Thanks so much for the info you sent on the lunar phases in accordian
books. I pulled out all my reproductions that depicted the moon and
talked about the phases with my 4 first grade classes. We used dark blue
paper and oil crayons. After they finished drawing a moon on each page,
they went back and filled in the rest of their pictures with whatever
they wanted from copying Vincent's Starry Night to shooting stars to
rocket ships. They loved it, I loved the results, their teachers loved
it and one of the teachers who had seen a previous class's books decided
to put lunar phases into her homework packet for the week to REINFORCE
THE ART LESSON:-)! Thanks so much for the idea!
Your mention of the winter sun reminded me of a story I heard on Nat'l
Public Radio several years ago. This was a Kdg. class from an Inuit
school in Alaska. Apparently there is an Eskimo/Inuit custom of
welcoming the sun back after the long, dark winter. The K's prepared for
the "return of the sun" by making 2-sided sun masks: stapling 2 paper
plates to a stick which is held in the hand so that the mask could be
quickly turned from one face to the other. On one side the sun was dark
with it's eyes closed; the other side, bright sun with eyes open. Just
before the sun was to break over the horizon for the first time in many
months, the class assembled outside and faced the dawn with their dark
side masks up. At the moment the sun appeared they twirled their masks
around and cheered the dawn. This happy anouncement was followed by a
well-practiced kindergarten chorus of the song "You are My Sunshine."
Even on the radio, it was adorable! Perhaps you are already aware of
this custom, but I thought I would share it with you and other
artsednetters just in case.
Linda in sunny and amazingly warm for this time of year Michigan