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Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louis Nevelson

Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson

-+*Louise Nevel­son (1899–1988) was one of the most impor­tant sculp­tors of the 20th cen­tury. Born in Rus­sia, she emi­grated with her fam­ily to the United States in 1905. Her unique artis­tic style was influ­enced by the cubist move­ment, co-founded by Pablo Picasso, and the found object sculp­tures of Mar­cel Duchamp. Call­ing her­self “the orig­i­nal recy­cler”, Nevel­son is most […]

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Haiku Tunnel Books Pdf

Haiku Tunnel Books pdf

-+*The newest addi­tion to my TpT store is this pdf based on one of my most pop­u­lar lessons… Haiku Tun­nel Books! A tun­nel book is a three dimen­sional mov­able book that you read by look­ing through it. Orig­i­nally from the mid-18th cen­tury, tun­nel books are now enjoy­ing new pop­u­lar­ity as an art form in their own right. […]

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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects

-+*Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muer­tos) is right around the cor­ner!  Don’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to share this impor­tant cul­tural tra­di­tion with your stu­dents.  Often mis­un­der­stood, this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […]

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Return of the Marshmallow Challenge!

-+*Back by pop­u­lar demand, I ended our school year with “The Marsh­mal­low Chal­lenge”.  I first tried this activ­ity two years ago, after watch­ing an inspir­ing TED Talk by Tom Wujec.  The Marsh­mal­low Chal­lenge is a team-building exer­cise where groups of 2–3 have 18 min­utes to try to build the tallest free­stand­ing struc­ture — using just […]

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Crazy Crowns

-+*Our first graders became roy­alty today with these “Crazy Crowns”, in honor of the Queens’ “Dia­mond Jubilee” .… the 60th Anniver­sary of the reign of Queen Eliz­a­beth II. Mate­ri­als: pic­tures (I searched Google images) of the Queen and her crown 3“x24” white con­struc­tion paper mark­ers  1“x18” strips of red, yel­low, blue and pur­ple con­struc­tion paper, 2 per color  YES! Paste (I put a small […]

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Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chinese New Year Dragons

-+*Chi­nese New Year is right around the cor­ner!  Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 23, 2012 will mark the start of the “Year of the Dragon”, year 4709 on the Chi­nese cal­en­dar, where each year is des­ig­nated by one of 12 ani­mals.  I thought a dragon project would be fun for my first graders as we usher out the […]

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Candy Cane-O-Grams

-+*Spe­cial thanks to Erica for being my “hand model” on this project!This “Candy Cane-O-Gram” is a favorite hol­i­day project year after year. It may look like an ordi­nary paper candy cane, but it con­tains a spe­cial hid­den mes­sage for it’s recip­i­ent! Once kids make their first one, they’ll be “hooked”! 1. Use a ruler to […]

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