Help me give my students watercolor pencils, rice paper, bamboo brushes and ink so that they can draw and paint to create Chinese lanterns!
My awesome second graders come from a very low socioeconomic background with the majority falling below the poverty line. They are mainly English language learners (72%) and many of them live in homes which house multiple families under the same roof. The median income is well below poverty level, with some being homeless. Some of these seven- and eight-year olds have the sole responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings while their parents are working, with many parents working more than one job. Others are latchkey children.
Our school is Title I and 90% of the children receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.
In addition to the many challenges that these hard-working students face, they also are coping with the fact that our school is situated in a high crime area with frequent gang activity. My children have extremely limited access to technology in their homes, yet with all these obstacles, my students come to school with much enthusiasm and an eager desire to learn.
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year is one of the top five most celebrated festivals. Growing up as a Vietnamese American, this celebration holds dearest to my heart. This is why as a teacher, every year, I always bring this beloved and most honored trandition to my classroom. I feel that students must learn about other people’s cultures and tranditions in order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world around them. This year, I would like my scholars to make their own chinese lanterns. To do this, I would first teach them about the Lantern Festival (The festival involves children parading the streets at night during the Chinese New Year carrying paper lighted lanterns) using books and a power point presentation. Next, I would have my students use watercolor pencils to draw and color their own chinese pictures (cherry blossoms, fire crackers, dragons, etc...) on rice paper. Then using the bamboo brushes, they will apply water to their drawings and instantly see their pictures turn into beautiful watercolor paintings. These master pieces will then be used as the canvas to create their latterns. Then the students will parade around the playground carrying their handmade lanterns. Finally, these gorgeous lanterns will be hung throughout our room for all to appreciate and enjoy during our annual Open House in May.
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|Faber-Castell - 288 Count- Grip Watercolor EcoPencils School Pack - Art Supplies For Kids- (24 Sets of 12 Colors + Free Sharpeners and Paint Brushes) • Amazon Business||$157.07||1||$157.07|
|Bamboo Brushes Classroom Pack - Set of 10 Size 4 • Nasco||$39.55||2||$79.10|
|Jack Richeson Rice Paper Pad 12" X 18" • Amazon Business||$14.25||3||$42.75|
|VAPKER 100 Pieces 13cm/5-Inch Silky Handmade Soft Tassels Floss Bookmark Tassels with 2-inch Cord Loop for Jewelry Making, DIY Projects, Bookmarks(25 Colors) • Amazon Business||$7.99||5||$39.95|
|Natural Wood Craft Sticks (Pack of 1,000) • Amazon Business||$10.60||3||$31.80|
|JapanBargain Japanese Chinese Calligraphy Practice Rice Paper, 100 sheets • Amazon Business||$7.49||3||$22.47|
|Redstar Liquid Sumi Ink Made from Oil Soot for Traditional Calligraphy and Brush Painting 3pcs/pack • Amazon Business||$18.99||1||$18.99|
|Chinese Painting Brushes Wholesale Extra Fine Line/Contour Brushes, 18 Pcs • Amazon Business||$13.80||1||$13.80|
|Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story (Festival Time) • Amazon Business||$8.99||1||$8.99|
|Celebrating the Lantern Festival (Chinese Festivals) • Amazon Business||$4.95||1||$4.95|
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