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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dia De Los Muertos Animals

I am so excited about our next project I just had to post it before its finished. Fourth and fifth will be making these skeleton animals as we learn about the culture of Dia De Los Mertos "Day of the Dead."

We will tie it into science by learning the names of major bones in the skeleton. We will learn about why we have bones and what organs each bone protects.

We have done lots of projects for Day of the dead and you can see them if you click the label on the side of my blog.

We will combine the intricate designs of the sugar skull with animals, like these artworks created by various artists below!

For this project, students bring a small plastic or wood animal from home. I painted them black with spray paint first

You can pierce their ears with a tack first to add earrings later to decorate

Let dry outside for several hours

Use white acrylic paint for the bones, and give students photos of the skeleton of their animal to reference
Then add decorations, add color, roses, neon paper, sparkles, etc.

These aren't quite finished, but I will update the blog with photos of all our skeletons when completed! I can't wait! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Foil People Sculptures

My fifth graders are learning about human gestures with foil sculptures and then personalizing them into things the students like to do. This project is very easy and SO much FUN!

First we made our sculptures, then students used a variety of materials to give their sculpture personality!

Here are a few finished sculptures!!

1. Begin with a large rectangle of heavy duty foil
2. Draw one line at the bottom with a sharpie a little longer than the length of your hand

3. Then draw two lines at the top the same length

4. Cut on the lines

the two bottom flaps will be the legs. Gently roll them into a cylinder form

don't squeeze them yet. Remind kids when they begin to squeeze the arms and legs to do it VERY VERY VERY VERY gently because if you squeeze your sculpture tight it will become brittle and will break and will not be able to stand on its own

  Gently squeeze the legs a TINY TINY bit

 5. join the two ends of the middle together and join them by rolling them together (just the tips of the ends)

6. Now roll the arms into a cylinder just like the legs and gently gently squeeze but don't squeeze all the way

 Now Roll the top of the head down and every so gently pinch in the sides so it makes a ball, (don't squeeze the head too tight or it will be tiny and fall off)

Bend the feet, Hands, knees, and elbows

Then decorate!!! Have fun!!

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