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Nutcracker Portraits

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This December lesson was incredibly successful for 4 reasons:

1. Interest was high because every student was participating in our winter musical: The Nutcracker. 

2. The lesson was structured yet allowed for creative choices.

3. Every step and part was demonstrated.

4. GLITTER!!!

December lessons work best when presented in small, highly structured doses. Full color visuals were available at every table, charts of different parts were presented as needed, and real nutcrackers were on display for inspiration. Students chose 2 or 3 colors for the jacket and hat, just like teams use the same 2 or 3 colors for their uniforms and headgear.

Day 1-Jacket

  • Critique images of nutcrackers’ uniforms, noting colors, shapes, details, designs, etc.
  • Select colors from precut papers:   1 12″x 6″ for jacket,  2 4″ x 6″ pieces for the jacket center and shoulders, 1   2″ x 6″ piece for the very center of the jacket.
  • Glue the jacket and center pieces down.
  • Fold and trim the shoulder pieces and then glue into place.
  • Add sashes, medals, etc.

Day 2-Face

  • Select skin toned paper.  Trace and cut a circle. Glue onto the jacket, slightly overlapping the jacket.
  • Add cut paper/Sharpie eyes in the center of the face.  Add eyebrows with Sharpies. Refer to charts for samples.
  • Add cheeks if desired, using colored paper or colored pencils.
  • Draw a simple long triangle or circle nose in Sharpie.
  • Practice and draw a mustache under the nose.
  • Add a small red rectangle for the open mouth.  Cut teeth from white paper and glue into place.
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Day 3-Hat or crown and hair

  • Repeat at least 2 colors that were used in the jacket.
  • Cut a symmetrical hat or crown.
  • Add details with colored paper.
  • Draw hair with a Sharpie.

Day 3-Glitter/beard

  • Outline the entire headpiece with glue.  Make sure to have the glue TIP TOUCH paper to ensure a uniform line.
  • Outline shapes on the hat with glue, and add small glue shapes if desired.
  • Sprinkle glue on the entire hat all at once.
  • Shake off the extra glitter into a cup.
  • Outline all parts of the jacket with glue.  Include glue buttons and fringe.
  • Sprinkle glue on the entire jacket all at once.
  • Shake of the extra glue into a cup.
  • Add a faux fur beard along the bottom of the mouth.

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Elf

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My seconds graders were so into Elf on a Shelf.  They loved making these 42″ elves.  The secret to their success was to present a part and complete it before going onto the  next.  We started with the shirt and pants.  Students were allowed to use 2 or 3 colors for the suit and hat.  We talked about their favorite sports teams, and how each part of the uniform repeated the same colors.  The next class focused on the face, ears, hands and shoes.  On the last day, students fit a special hat onto the head and decorated it with the their “team” colors.  We brainstormed elf jobs and students could add a tool, ribbon, present, etc. for their elf to hold.

Polar Express

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This lesson focused on the artist as illustrator.  First graders were asked to illustrate the Polar Express as part of an integrated lesson.  They first looked at photos of the Polar Express and toy trains.  They identified simple shapes and how they were put together before drawing their own.  Students drew with jumbo white craypas.  They included an engine, cars, snow bank, pine trees, a moon and falling snow.  They had to take care not to smudge when adding color with craypas.

Textured Clay Ornaments

2014-12-17 12.38.09These beautiful ornaments were created by kindergarteners.  Students had explored texture in previous lessons – crayon rubbings and exploring pressed textures in  playdough.  They started with a “burger” of clay which was pressed flat and flipped.  Students chose from a variety of found objects- marker caps, shells, popsicle sticks, etc.  They pressed their found object into the clay randomly.  Cookie cutters were used for the shapes.  After firing, the ornaments were painted with diluted tempera.  The top was wiped with a piece of sponge to highlight the texture.  Students applied a coat of tempera varnish for a glossy finish.  They chose a ribbon for me to tie onto their ornament.  Each student had time to create several ornaments.

2014-12-14 12.04.45Kindergarteners painted these gingerbread boys and girls as part of a reading unit on gingerbread boy stories.   Students practiced painting a variety of lines and shapes before “frosting” their gingerbread cookies.  They carefully cut out their cookies after they were dry.

Third Grade Selfies

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Third graders spent several days drawing these amazing self portraits. Students looked in mirrors to study their features.  They practiced drawing each feature.  Students then drew a modified oval on copy paper.  They then marked the paper to place features in the correct position.  Students cut out their practice ovals and traced onto a variety of people colored construction paper.  They drew the features in Sharpie and added color with crayon.

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We haven’t made paper mache puppets in ages due to the time consuming steps involved.  Eliminating the paint/dry/paint steps saved work time and prep time.  Students started with a styrofoam ball and then added Model Magic to form animal heads.  They carefully wrapped the heads in aluminum foil to hold the Model Magic in place.  Ears were cut from cardboard, covered in foil and then taped to the head.  I had to cut slits in the head to hold some of the wobbly ears.  Students added 2 layers of tissue paper and Mod Podge for color.  Felt scraps, fun foam shapes, wiggly eyes, pom poms and chenille stems were available for the details.

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An old pencil inserted into the styrofoam acts as a handle.

We stuck the pencils in a styrofoam block to dry the heads.

 

 

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