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Something Special Gift Certificate

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Subject:Arts & Humanities, Technology
Grade:3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description
Students make a gift certificate, offering to do something special for a family member, neighbor, or friend (for example, washing the car, cooking a meal for the family, shopping for an elderly neighbor).

Objectives

Students

  • define the term gift certificate,
  • use common materials to make gift certificates,
  • demonstrate creative thinking and creative writing skills in developing the text for the gift certificates,
  • use correct spelling and grammar in writing the text for the gift certificates.

Keywords

holiday, craft, gift certificate, Christmas, kindness, citizenship

Materials Needed

  • teacher-made sample of a gift certificate
  • different colored construction paper, tagboard, or poster board
  • pens or markers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • writing paper
  • student-selected art materials
  • computers with Microsoft Publisher or another design program

Lesson Plan

  • Before the lesson, make a sample of a gift certificate like one offered by stores. If you have a computer with Microsoft Publisher or another design program, create a sample following the directions on the program.
  • Begin the lesson by asking students to define the term gift certificate. Ask why stores offer gift certificates.
  • Tell students that they are going to make gift certificates in which they will offer to do something special for a family member, neighbor, or friend. Give examples such as washing the car, cooking a meal for the family, baby-sitting, or shopping for an elderly neighbor. Solicit other examples from students.
  • Distribute the materials. Tell students to follow the sample to create their certificates.
  • Remind students to write drafts of their thoughts on paper before putting gift ideas on the certificates. Encourage creativity in decorating the certificates.

Assessment

Observe students' participation. Evaluate students' certificates.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Visual Arts:
NA-VA.K-4.1
NA-VA.5-8.1

Technology:
NT.K-12.1
NT.K-12.3

Language Arts:
NL-ENG.K-12.3

Originally published 11/08/2001
Last updated 10/29/2010