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Second Grade: Art Through the Mail

Posted on: January 19, 2010

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

1. I have some letters from a 6th grade pen pal to show the kids; talk about what a pen pal is and why someone might want one. Explain to them that you will create a brief pen-friend relationship with other people somewhere in the world through art! In our case, I have a friend in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria, and she is helping orchestrate the distribution of our art on the other end.

2. Let the students know their art will shipped to people far away; show them where on a map or globe and tell them a little bit about where it is going. Give them a sheet of paper and have them put their name, the date and their age on the back.

3. I am going to allow pretty much total freedom in terms of the subject matter of the art piece; the act of mailing it is part of the art, too.

4. Collect the art (I have 3 classes of second graders) and put it in an envelope; mail it! Make sure the recipients are prepared to either a) respond in kind or in our case, b) take photos of themselves with the art and I can print out the photos to show my students the kids in Bulgaria holding and appreciating their art, half a world away.

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