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Kindergarten: Leaf Rubbing Plates

Posted on: January 18, 2010

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)

1. Get out your leaf samples and have the kids pass them around. Briefly discuss the function of leaves (to breathe for the plant and to convert sunlight into energy). Talk about how the leaves are different and how they are the same (shape, size, color etc.)

2. Give each student a piece of cardstock and have them put their name in the corner with a pencil. As you draw an example, go over the vocabulary (like, “I am going to draw a long curved line to be the edge of the blade, all the way to the apex. Now I will add a shorter, thicker line to be the petiole.”) and have the students draw a leaf. Remind them that leaves come in many shapes and sizes (hopefully to avoid ending up with a classroom of prototypical elm shaped leaves) and while it should look like a real leaf, not to worry about what other kids are drawing and to work on your own idea.

3. Make sure everyone has included a few veins and other details. Show them your pre-made example, where you have traced over the lines with white glue and let it dry. Place a sheet of paper on top of the leaf design and rub across the page with a peeled crayon; if should reveal the leaf design nicely!

4. After everyone is done oohing and ahhing, have them use a bottle of white glue to gently trace the lines they drew. Having an extra adult observing the process can help keep kids from going glue crazy and spewing it everywhere. Go over glue etiquette before handing them the bottles; talk about what happens if you squeeze too hard or not hard enough, or set your hand in the wet glue.

5. Once they are done, put the cards aside to dry so the glue can harden.  Remind them not to touch it! Let them know that when it is dry they can use it to make texture rubbings.

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