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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

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

Seed Envelopes

Cost per student: $.15, but that includes the cost of permanent markers which would last 2-3 years

Materials: Permanent markers, laminate scraps (the laminating machine most schools have create a 6”x18” strip of waste every time they are used; it is built into the design of the machine. The librarian kindly saved the waste strips for me until I had enough), stapler, hole punch, yarn or ribbon scraps, newspaper, water, pipettes or droppers, paper towels, seeds you’ve soaked overnight.

Prep: besides soaking the seeds to give them a jumpstart on life, I made envelopes out of the laminate by folding an 8”x10” piece, in half, then turning in the edges, then stapling each side so it will hold water. See photos for a better idea.

Students will create an arty transparent envelope, used to sprout a seed.

Elements of art: Line, shape, color, form

Vocabulary: sprout, transparent

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Second grade: Letter Writing

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

Giant Postcards

Cost per student: $.15, slightly more if you factor in the laminating

Materials: water color paints, 1 inch masking tape, white or light cardstock or heavy paper, water dishes, water, paint brushes, newspaper, clean wet rags, chalk pastels, backer paper to look like non-picture side of postcard, lots of postcards for examples, laminating machine or spray fix

Students will use a variety of techniques to create a landscape reminiscent of a postcard.

Elements of art: space, value, color

Vocabulary: Postcard, landscape, wash, blend

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

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

Still Life Drawings

Cost per student: $.15 (includes the cost of oil pastels which will last all year)

Materials: oil pastels, sturdy paper (I used a mix of printed-on-one-side cardstock and cut up colored file folders), lots of natural items like pine cones, vegetables, dried flowers etc, some vases and fabric, examples of still life oils, pencils

Students will draw what they see to create a traditional still life portrait

Elements of art: line, shape, color

Vocabulary: still life, subject

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         First Grade: Families

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

Watercolor Family Portrait

Cost per student: $.05

Materials: Newsprint or other 12”x18” paper, crayons, water colors, newspaper, brushes, pencils, various skin tone crayons/markers/colored pencils

Students will create a mixed media family portrait

Elements of art: line, shape, color, space

Vocabulary: mixed media, skin tone

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan               Fourth/Fifth grade: Colonial America

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

Potpourri Sachets

Cost per student: $.15 (this includes the sewing needles and other non-consumables)

Materials: Lacing cards and lacing, fabric (I cut up a silk upholstery sample book), potpourri, embroidery thread, tiny beads (optional), yarn darners (large pointy sewing needles), stuffing (I used fleece scraps), a few pairs of scissors, all the patience you can muster

Students will use sewing techniques to create a 3-D fabric form

Elements of art: form

Vocabulary: sachet, potpourri, whipstitch, eye of the needle, thread

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