Share a read-aloud story and a fun art project to teach cold-season manners.
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It's cold season. Young children are sneezing all over the place, and wiping dirty noses on sleeves. It's time for a lesson in good health manners. This simple art project will help you to emphasize some important lessons this cold and flu season.
Before doing the art project, you might talk with students about good manners during cold season. Students will likely offer suggestions such as covering their mouths and noses when sneezing and saying "excuse me" after a sneeze. You might share a fun read aloud, Tissue, Please! (see sidebar), which will introduce cold-season manners in a fun way. After reading the book, make a list of good manners that all children should follow during cold season.
After the discussion and read-aloud, provide art supplies (crayons and markers, yarn, buttons, and so on) so students can transform their paper plates into likenesses of themselves.
Students should trace their hands onto a sheet of construction paper. This can be a challenge for young children, so they might trace each other's hands or you might trace their hands for them. After tracing, students can cut out their paper hands.
After they have finished creating the paper-place likenesses, provide a tissue. Have students crumple the tissue a bit and glue it over the nose drawn on the paper plate, so it is in the position a tissue might be if the child is blowing his or her nose.
Then have students glue their cut-out paper hands over the tissue, in the position they might be if the child is blowing his or her nose.
Display students' artwork on a bulletin board and draw attention to it in the weeks ahead as reminders of cold-season manners are warranted.
Do students remember their cold-season manners in the days ahead? Turn their attention back to this project if they seem to forget. Or simply bring it up again to reinforce their awareness of good manners.
Lesson Plan Source
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
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Originally published 01/30/2006
Last updated 12/01/2014