Teaching The Core With The Help And Excitement Of Art
My students need modeling clay, pliers, plumage, glue, craft accessories and special paper.
Can you imagine learning the whole fifth grade curriculum without any artistic avenue to make the learning fun and interesting?
My students are very creative fifth graders.
They have not been told that they aren't artistic so they aren't intimidated to share their work. They really enjoy getting into the learning. They are high poverty so they have few resources at home. Because of that, they haven't done many projects at home.
I have several projects that align to our learning in fifth grade that were successful last year. I would like to make paper mache maps so that they can learn not only about the features of the Earth but also the features of North and South America which is in the fifth grade curriculum. I would like to make pinatas again this year to show the culture of Mexico. I read two books where the setting begins in Mexico but ends in California around the Great Depression time. I also want to have my students make a rainforest which is part of the spring curriculum. Last year, I had my students make animals from modeling clay. We made a 3-D rainforest in the classroom with the four different layers. This year, with the help of our art teacher, we are hoping to make 3-d animals with gems and plumage paper. The learning was so much more intense because it was hands-on. My kids learned from making the animals but also were more intent in their research because it peeked their interest.
With last year's success rate, I want to do the same projects again.
Please help me with these resources so I can give my kids more opportunities to excel, not only using art but, also using their hands to learn and make a lasting impression.
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