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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan    Second grade: Letter Writing

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

Printed note cards

Cost per student: $.20 (brayers can be used forever, though)

Materials: Brayers, foam trays, ballpoint pens, pencils, scratch paper, paper or cardstock to print onto, plastic lids or trays, acrylic paint or printing ink (like Speedball), newspapers, clean wet cloths.

Students will design an image and make multiple prints using traditional block printing techniques.

Elements of art: Line, texture, value

Vocabulary: printing, brayer

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This project is appealing to all ages and demographics! The 4th and 5th graders made stick journals since much of what modern people know about Colonial History is from what people of that era wrote down, either formally, in diaries or journals, or in letters to others. The 2nd graders made journals since we were studying letter writing, and writing in a journal can be like writing a letter to yourself.

They are super simple to make and really use up a lot of actual stuff destined for the trash/recycle bin.  You need:

Rubber bands

something to serve as the stick (soda straw, chopstick, dead pen with the ink cartridge removed, handle of a toothbrush, paintbrush that’s yucky since someone forgot to wash it out, a stick from the yard, etc.)

waste paper cut to 8.5″x5.5″ for the front and back covers (old calendar pages, folders, cardboard inserts, posters from events long passed, and so on)

hole punches (I like the 2 hole punches used for legal files – SCRAP gets in tons of that particular size when filing systems go digital)

filler paper (paper from the recycle bin that’s been used on 1 side)

Fold the filler paper in half horizontally so it’s the size of covers. Stack 5 sheets, printed sides on the inside. Layer with a front and back cover. Hole punch on the side opposite the folds (this is the hardest part to get people to follow directions – if you do it this way, it hides the printed side of the paper forever), poke looped ends of the rubber band through the holes, and use the stick to hold the rubber band loops. Done.

I sometimes collate and stack pre-printed paper headed for the recycle bin and run it back through the copier so it has lines on it instead of being blank, or graph paper squares – or you might just want it blank for an art journal.

Sarah Morgan at SCRAP showed me how to do this and it’s such a cool, universally interesting project! Add more pages or take some out as needed. You can modify this project in many ways to change it up – kids think of all kinds of cool things to personalize it.

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         Second grade: Letter Writing

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

Wacky Mailbox Collage

Cost per student: $.04

Materials: Glue sticks, scissors, cardstock (or something to mount the collage papers to), lots of scrap papers, photos of unusual mailboxes (I have the book Mailbox, U.S.A. : stories of mailbox owners and makers : a celebration of mailbox art in America by Rachel Epstein.)

Students will create a 2-D version of a mailbox that expresses themselves.

Elements of art: shape, color, space

Vocabulary: mailbox, folk art, collage

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Note: Photos will not accompany this lesson plan, due to the fact that some jerk stole my camera as I was working on a display in the public library today.  Sorry.

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Second grade: Letter Writing

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

Valentine Cards

Cost per student: $.07

Materials: Scissors, glue sticks, white glue, hole punches. Everything is red, white, pink, and purple or a variation thereof: paper, paper scraps, cut paper hearts, ribbon, lace and yarn scraps, glitter, glitter glue, foam pieces, markers, tracing templates, fabric, colored pencils, pens, stickers, etc.

Students will create Valentine cards in the tradition of the mid 19th century Valentine celebration – personalized, handmade and detailed.

Elements of art: shape, color, texture, value

Vocabulary: Valentine, card

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Finished folded envelopes!

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan     Second Grade: Letter Writing

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

Custom Chalk Envelopes

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: Chalk pastels, clean 8.5”x11” paper, used copy paper, paper towels (1/2 sheet per kid), envelope template, glue sticks or glue dots, scissors.

Optional: I am using an envelope die-cut template for an Accucut die-cut machine, so that will take the place of the scissors and template. It is on loan from SCRAP.

Students will create their own fancy envelopes using chalk pastels.

Elements of art: color, shape, form

Vocabulary: envelope, perforations, blending, abstract

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