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I got the idea off another art teacher’s website to have the kids fill out a “shoe autograph” sheet after they did their string rubbings. I just xeroxed the words “_______’s Shoe Autograph Page” onto 1 sided clean paper, and showed them how to use a friend’s shoe to make a texture rubbing. The rules were:

1) You had to ask permission to touch someone’s foot.

2) No taking shoes off.

3) You couldn’t get mad if someone didn’t want to let you have their shoe autograph.

The kids did a fabulous job and ended up with some awesome rubbings!

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Fourth/Fifth Grade: Colonial America

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

Quilt Blocks

Cost per student: $.05

Materials: 12”x12” paper for backing, fabric (you will need to cut it up into fairly uniform squares and triangles ahead of time, but any scraps will work [old clothing, leftovers from a pattern etc]. I am using fabric from sample books donated from an upholstery store), white glue (I am using my glue system with the paintbrushes), examples

Students will create a geometric quilt block reminiscent of colonial American quilts.

Elements of art: shape, space

Vocabulary: symmetry, pattern

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan                  Third Grade: Measurement

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

String Texture Rubbing Plates (Linear measurement)

Cost per student: $.05 (that includes items that you would only use a small portion of for this lesson)

Materials: cardstock ( I have cards from someone’s art gallery opening, you know, that look like a postcard and have the gallery info on the back…), string and yarn with various textures (mine came from a free pile I was directed to on Craigslist), white glue, water, liquid starch, plastic containers from the recycle bin (like clamshells from the bakery), newspapers to protect the tables, rulers, scissors, sharpies, clean wet rags

Prep: mix up the glue/starch/water liquid. It’s not an exact science; I find 2 parts white glue to 1 part liquid starch, 1 part water makes a good stiffener.

Students will create texture rubbing plates using stiffened string laid out in a design.

Elements of art: line, texture

Vocabulary: rubbing plate, real, illusion

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Second Grade: Letter Writing

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

Art through the Mail!

Cost per student: depends on final postage, but I am guessing $.03 per kid.

Materials: white paper (when the office lady cleaned supply shelves she found a stack of 4”x8.5” strips, which will work nicely), things to draw with (colored pencils, crayons, gel pens, markers, twist up crayons, etc.), a mailing envelope, postage, a world map or globe

Students will create art to be sent through the mail!

Elements of art: various

Vocabulary: pen pals, postage,  postal regulations

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

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

Rainbow Crayons

Cost per student: $.05 (this includes garage sale muffin tins)

Materials:  old broken crayons (the equivalent of 8 unbroken crayons per kid), muffin tins not used for baking (one muffin cup per kid), plastic cups or bowls to hold in-process crayons, bowls for paper peelings, scrap paper to test out colors, finished example

Students will create a colorful recycled crayon for making texture rubbings.

Elements of art: color, form

Vocabulary: wax, melting, peeling

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

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

Leaf Rubbing Plates

Cost per student: $.02

Materials:  cardstock (It can be printed on one side leftovers), pencils, real or faux examples of leaves, white glue in bottles, 1 unpeeled crayon & sheet of paper for demo, reused plastic tablecloths to protect the table

Students will create a realistic picture of a leaf for use as a rubbing plate.

Elements of art: line, texture

Vocabulary: vein, blade, apex (tip), petiole (stem)

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