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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.

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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.

Symmetrical Ornaments Grade Four

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Fourth graders viewed examples of hand blown glass ornaments as the inspiration for this collage.  Students sketched an ornament by stacking ovals, rectangles, triangles, etc.  They folded their sketches in half vertically, then cut out the best side.  This pattern was traced onto the back of foil paper.  The ornaments were cut out and then decorated with smaller shapes.  Glitter was used to outline shapes and create decorative  lines and dots.   Glittering was done inside of a box lid to contain any spills.

 

 

Clay Teddy Bear Ornaments

These adorable ornaments were made by first graders.  The head, ears, and tummy were formed by rolling little balls of clay, then gently flattening each piece.  The arms and legs were formed by rolling short, chubby coils.  Parts were blended together on the back.  Before firing, I poked a hole in the head with a small straw.  After being fired, pink paint was dabbed on with a q tip, then details were drawn with a Sharpie.  Glitter glaze was brushed on to seal the piece.  A cozy scarf was tied on last.

Kindergarten Angels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarteners and tempera paint are a joyful combination!  Starting with a large roundish shape near the top of the page, students used big brushes to paint the head, gown, feet,  and wings.  When dry, they added hair, a halo, and golden details with a small brush.  Markers were used for the tiniest details on the face.