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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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The finished product... can you see the flower shaped prints? Those were even more popular than the leaves.

Kindergarteners pressed the faux leaves into the paint on the trays, then transferred the leaves to their papers to leave prints.

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

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

Tempera Leaf Prints

Cost per student: $.10 (this includes items that will last many lessons)

Materials: Leaves, either real or fake, colored tempera (I am using primary colors and black and white to reinforce color theory), trays, brayers or wide brushes to spread the paint, large sheets of paper (I’m using 12”x18” newsprint), old plastic tablecloths or something to protect tables, clean wet rags for hands.

Students will use plants to create prints highlighting the shape and symmetry of leaves.

Elements of art: color, texture, value (if you use black/white paint in addition to color)

Vocabulary: print, symmetry

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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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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

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

Recycled Bits Flower Collage

Cost per student: $.05

Materials: lots of tiny scrappy bits (like straw pieces, beads, buttons, plastic doohickeys, paper clips, dried beans, old pen caps, yarn bits, puzzle pieces, etc), stiff backing (I am using mat board corner samples cut into 2.5”x7” rectangles), bottles of white glue, pencils, real or faux examples of flowers

Students will create a collage showing basic parts of a flower and plant.

Elements of art: texture, shape

Vocabulary: petals, pistil, stamen, stem, leaf, collage

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