1. Fold a piece of 12“x18” white construction paper in half.
2. On the left half of your paper, write “Today” at the top and draw a self-portrait of how you look today. Use a black “F” Sharpie and just go for it! (They watch me demonstrate first, as I remind them of the basic proportions of the human face.)
3. Then, on the right half of your paper, write “In 100 Years” at the top.
4. Next, talk about the characteristics of a person who is really old. (The kids always look like they are really checking me out when I ask them about this.… hmmmm, I’m not sure how I feel about that!) Some responses might include shorter gray or white hair (or no hair!), wrinkles (“smile lines”!), eye glasses, smaller with not as much of a neck (due to being hunched over a little).… you get the idea!
5. Now draw how you think you might look in 100 years!
6. Finally, color your drawing with crayons, being careful to color all one direction (the “Kindergarten way”) and fill in areas completely.
7. Pull apart some cotton balls and glue on for hair.
8. Don’t forget to sign your masterpiece, since this one will be a definite “keeper”!
Happy 100th Day of School!
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