Second and third graders designed a glowing Pysanky using chalk on black paper. Reading Rainbows Reshenka’s Eggs was the inspiration for these beautiful drawings. The author demonstrated the process of using dyes and wax to create the traditional Ukrainian eggs. We examined Pysankys to note the basic format of the design. Students used double horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines to set up their design. They added traditional Pysanky lines and motifs to create symmetrical images. During the demonstration I showed how to hold the chalk before dipping the. tip into water. I reminded students to keep hands off any colored areas to avoid smudges. They used a kneaded eraser to clean up the few smudges. Ambrite chalk produces the most vibrant colors compared to the other brands I have used.
Students used their own water cup and shared chalk with a partner.
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.
An old pencil inserted into the styrofoam acts as a handle.
We stuck the pencils in a styrofoam block to dry the heads.
Third grade students learned the history of Navajo weaving before creating these beautiful pieces. The weavings were done on a loom of 2 paper plates that were glued together for strength. Color choices were limited to 3: the color of the plate, and 2 additional colors. Yarn, feathers and beads repeated these colors for unity.
Here is my version of Mr. E’s No Board. “Dress up your mess up” is a quote from one of my second graders that is heard often in my classroom. I encourage students to think of a “mistake” as a chance to try something new. Every year we watch the Reading Rainbow episode Regina’s Big Mistake to reinforce this concept.
Third graders created brilliant tissue paper banners as part of their study of Mexican art. A rainbow of authentic Mexican papel picados was strung above the chalkboard. We noted the variety of shapes that pierced each piece. Students folded a large sheet of tissue 4 times, and then cut interesting shapes from the sides, bottom, and along the folds.