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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         First Grade: Families

Written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP /Whitman ES 2009-10

3-D portrait of family member

Cost per student: $.07

Materials: My dog is as smelly as dirty socks : and other funny family portraits / by Hanoch Piven, , paper in flesh tones (I have a ton of paint sample cards that are about 3”x4”), lots of collage materials that fit the scale of your project (beads, yarn, caps, screws, plastic doodads, leftover bits, wallpaper scraps etc), bottles of white glue, 5”x7” colored cardstock for backing (I’m using some that is printed on the back leftover from an event), scissors.

Students will create a portrait of a family member out of found objects, repurposing the objects for facial features.

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

Written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP /Whitman ES 2009-10

Parts of a plant

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: Black markers, chalk pastels, damp towels, trays for pastels, 8”x10” paper or cardstock, and an actual uprooted plant (any sort of weed would do), chart paper, labels

Students will create a line drawing of a cross section of a plant showing roots, stem, and leaves and will fill it in with color for contrast.

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Okay, after a wee break, I am back and ready for more art, more kids, and more trash becoming treasure.

This trimester, each grade level’s art unit corresponds with something else that is already part of the curriculum to help support standards that are already being taught during class. I gave teachers a list of options culled from each grade level’s year long plan, and then picked the most popular topic for each grade. Fourth and fifth grade classes are all mixed at this particular school, so their unit will be the same.

Kindergarten: Plants (science)

First grade: Families (social studies)

Second grade: Letter writing (literacy – and it’s mail related, not forming text)

Third grade: Measurement (math)

Fourth/fifth grade: Colonial America/Revolutionary War (social studies)

Now to plan art lessons that touch on these ideas, along with incorporating creative reuse…



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