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Solar System and Art
My students need art supplies to create a clay model of our solar system. They need clay (Model Magic), markers, black cardstock, colored pencils and visual aids.
"Whoa! Is Jupiter THAT big?" As we recreate the solar system using art supplies each year, the students are amazed at how large some of the outer planets are as they create them using clay, colored pencils, markers, visual aids about the solar system, and a way to manage their behavior during class.
I have been teaching 5th grade for the last 13 years at the same Title I school in Southern California.
I have anywhere between 29-36 low income students each year and the majority of them are English Language Learners. Almost all of the students at our school qualify for the free lunch program and often times do not have access to art supplies in their homes. At times, I have heard students mention that they are not able to complete something at home because they do have scissors, crayons, construction paper, or markers in their homes. Although they are from low income families, and their neighborhoods are filled with crime, most of my students have supportive parents that want them to be successful in school and enjoy the process of learning.
To incorporate the Visual and Performing Arts Standards in our 5th grade classroom, I am going to have the students use art materials to recreate the solar system. Using Model Magic (which is like clay), we will mold each of the eight planets and our sun. The Crayola markers are used to color the Model Magic to the color of each of the planets. After they have created the Model Magic into the shape and relative size of each planet, we will then glue the planets down to the black card stock paper I am requesting. The colored pencils are excellent for writing on the black card stock paper. I am also requesting some visuals for the students to refer to as they mold their planets, such as the magnetic solar system I can display in the front of the classroom and the model solar system so they can readily see the order of the planets. This hands-on art activity will give the students a visual of our solar system. With the help of the Disney CREATE grant, we hope to create model planets.
With the generous donation of the Disney CREATE grant and private donors, my students will have a better understanding, through art, what the planets in our solar system look like.
The donors will be giving my students an art experience that they would not otherwise have this school year. Thank you for considering our project.
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