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Student gluing sections of star together

Christmas in July! Folded Paper Stars with Symmetry

These hang­ing stars are a hit year after year with my 4th graders. You can make these in any size you want.… the size of the squares you start with will deter­mine the size of your fin­ished stars. (When I teach this les­son, I use 12″ squares in two dif­fer­ent col­ors to demon­strate the fold­ing and gluing […]

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Collage 2 w/Positive and Negative Shapes

Basic Collage with Positive and Negative Shapes

I do this project with my first graders every year to help them under­stand the con­cept of pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive shapes.  This project also teaches sym­me­try and offers impor­tant prac­tice in cut­ting on a fold and apply­ing glue.  First graders are often sur­prised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers — they […]

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Monarch Butterflies with Oil Pastel

Every fall, thou­sands of Monarch but­ter­flies con­verge on the euca­lyp­tus grove at a nearby park as they migrate to warmer cli­mates.  What bet­ter way to pre­pare our Kinders for their annual field trip to view this spec­tac­u­lar dis­play than with this col­or­ful Monarch oil pas­tel project!  Fol­low the steps below to make your own magnificent […]

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Designs with Number Patterns

This les­son is adapted from a math activ­ity my own kids did in mid­dle school, where they used col­ored string to “stitch” their pat­terns on card stock.  I sim­pli­fied this les­son for my stu­dents (4th grade and up), replac­ing the nee­dle and thread with mark­ers and a ruler.…  Have you ever mar­veled at the fascinating […]

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Cursive Cut-outs

I posted this les­son awhile back as “Name Aliens”, but I’ve since fig­ured out a bet­ter way to teach this, so I improved the direc­tions. As soon as kids can write their names in cur­sive, they’re ready to cre­ate these whim­si­cal crea­tures! To make “bugs”, just add six legs instead of two! (Adapted from the […]

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Kaleidoscope Name Design

Upper grade “Alli­son” , col­ored in warm col­ors with col­ored pen­cils Lower grade “Alli­son”, col­ored in cool col­ors with mark­ers (the same let­ter­ing, but traced only four times instead of eight!) Kids love to cre­ate cool designs with their names… a fun project to start off a new school year and a great way to […]

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Recycled Magazine Flowers

Here is another unique project that we used for Mother’s Day cards, but would be fun to do any­time! I saw this fea­tured on the One Pretty Thing site, from Fam­ily Fun. My 5th graders had a blast mak­ing these (even the boys, who usu­ally resist any­thing to do with flow­ers!) and it gave me […]

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