My students need embroidery hoops, embroidery thread set, blunt tapestry needles, calligraphy kit and paper, pinking shears, and polyester flufferfill.
As teachers we strive to engage our students daily. When they see that there is any kind of hands-on learning scheduled such as art or projects, you can see their interest spark and you can feel the excitement in the room. Students want to learn and they want to have fun with hands-on activities.
My class is composed of a diverse group of students who are participating in a unique experience as we are a brand new school.
Students are coming from different areas around the district as well as the local community. Our school is a technology-based school that is incorporating the common core standards, music, and art while using innovative techniques to bring learning to life for all students. We have students included in our classes that have a range of abilities including some with special needs.
As a teacher, I strive to create a balanced experience that fosters a love for learning as we prepare students to be life-long learners. My goal is to incorporate art activities, social studies lessons, and technology to create a learning experience the students will never forget. With the help of Disneyland's CREATE grant, I would like to provide the materials for the class to create timeless pieces of art from the colonial time period that the students will keep and treasure for years to come.
During the spring of 2015 the students in my class will have a memorable experience re-enacting a day in the life of the colonial times with "Colonial Day." The students will come to school dressed in costume, will bring a traditional lunch, and will participate in hands-on activities that were done during the colonial time period. The students will learn how to cross-stitch and quilt so that they can create a pillow with their initials on them just as they did in the colonial time period. My students will also learn how to write in calligraphy and will create a simple letter to their family about their experience. The students will learn more than they can ever read from a text book about the colonial time period by participating in this special hands-on learning day. As Benjamin Franklin stated, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." My project is supported by the California VAPA standard 3. HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT which ask students to understand the Historical Contributions and Cultural Dimensions of the Visual Arts. I am requesting cross stitch material, quilting materials, and calligraphy material that includes thread, tapestry needles, floss, stuffing, shears, hoops, calligraphy pen sets, special paper to write on.
The colonial time period was the start of our nation and helping our students understand this important time period is one of the most important aspects to the 5th grade history content.
Having the supplies necessary to start this activity at a new school will not be possible without the help and support of this grant. The supplies will be used for years to come as students experience 5th grade. Bringing this part of our history to life with a hands-on day filled with different art activities will create a day filled with learning and lasting memories for each of the students regardless of their abilities.
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