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Third grade students are learning about plants in art and science. They made plant rubber stamps and printed with them – look for leaves, veggies, fruits, flowers, trees, etc.  Some of their tree paintings are also on display; they mixed up custom colors for the background and painted portfolio boxes literally removed from a recycle dumpster. We sketched trees in the school’s courtyard and talked about the parts of trees and how trees really look (not like a cotton ball on a stick), and kids used black, white, blue, yellow and red paint,  mixed colors and painted a landscape featuring a tree.

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

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

Corn Packing Peanut Sculptures

Cost per student: Potentially nothing, if you can find someone getting rid of a bag. I picked up my 5 foot tall bag next to a dumpster.

Materials: Corn packing peanuts, small bowls for water, water. If working indoors, something for the kids to build on (I used lids from Rubbermaid tubs), some Styrofoam peanuts to show the kids (I just packed a Ziploc bag with them so they didn’t make a mess)

Students will create sculptures using a plant-derived material

Elements of art: form

Vocabulary: biodegradable

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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         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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