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  • Schwegler Elementary School
  • Lawrence, KS
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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I have asked for two different resources to use in my art room, a few books and some weaving looms. Both resources will be used for all children in our school, as I teach everyone in all grade levels. The books are supporting material to aid in teaching specific projects. For example, Tar Beach is a book by artist Faith Ringgold. We learn about the art of Faith Ringgold and her story quilts in 3rd grade. Then we create an artwork that tells a story of a memory. We use her art as our inspiration. Another book, The Day the Crayons Quit, is wonderful for introducing different materials and how to use our art materials to Kindergarten and first graders. Especially in the K-2 grades, I use books to support learning in almost every project. Having resources that aid all students in learning, year after year, is essential in the art room. Another resource I am asking for is several different sizes of looms for weaving. We learn the basics of weaving in first and second grade. Then each year we build our skills by creating more involved weaving, and using different materials to weave with, such as paper, yarn, beads, and even recycled objects or found objects like sticks or grass. Small looms will help us all have a loom to weave on. I also asked for two larger table top looms. This introduces students to other types of larger looms to further their weaving skills to create bigger and more intricate weavings. We would use these as class looms, so all students can collaborate to create a larger woven artwork together.

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I have asked for two different resources to use in my art room, a few books and some weaving looms. Both resources will be used for all children in our school, as I teach everyone in all grade levels. The books are supporting material to aid in teaching specific projects. For example, Tar Beach is a book by artist Faith Ringgold. We learn about the art of Faith Ringgold and her story quilts in 3rd grade. Then we create an artwork that tells a story of a memory. We use her art as our inspiration. Another book, The Day the Crayons Quit, is wonderful for introducing different materials and how to use our art materials to Kindergarten and first graders. Especially in the K-2 grades, I use books to support learning in almost every project. Having resources that aid all students in learning, year after year, is essential in the art room. Another resource I am asking for is several different sizes of looms for weaving. We learn the basics of weaving in first and second grade. Then each year we build our skills by creating more involved weaving, and using different materials to weave with, such as paper, yarn, beads, and even recycled objects or found objects like sticks or grass. Small looms will help us all have a loom to weave on. I also asked for two larger table top looms. This introduces students to other types of larger looms to further their weaving skills to create bigger and more intricate weavings. We would use these as class looms, so all students can collaborate to create a larger woven artwork together.

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