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Heads Up for
Open House

Subjects

Arts & Humanities
--Visual Arts
Educational Technology

Grade

K-2
3-5
6-8

Brief Description

Create a fun display for Open House Night.

Objectives

Students will

  • use art supplies to create likenesses of themselves.
  • bring in a shirt from home to decorate" the back of their desk chairs.

Keywords

Open House, digital camera, back to school

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

  • oak tag or cardboard
  • art supplies to decorate their heads" -- for example, paint, crayons, and markers; yarn (for hair); glitter

Lesson Plan

This is a fun idea for decorating the classroom at the start of the school year. Students will create life-size heads that represent themselves. Then you can invite students to bring in a T-shirt or another shirt from home. Dress" the back of the students chairs with their shirts, then tape the life-size head to the top of the chair. The life-size likeness of the students will enable parents to see where in the classroom their child sits.

Provide students with a large sheet of oak tag or cardboard. If you teach young students, you might cut out from this oak tag or cardboard a life-size head (oval head plus a neck); older students can cut out their own. Then provide students with a variety of art supplies -- including crayons, paints, markers, yarn (for hair), glitter, and other materials -- that they can use to draw and decorate their oval heads" to look like themselves.

Alternate Idea
Take a digital photo of each student and enlarge the head/neck shot. Cut out that head/neck and paste it to oak tag or cardboard.
Once Open House Night has passed, you might use the students decorated heads to create a Head-ing for a Great Year" bulletin board to decorate the classroom or hallway.

Assessment

Assess students based on creativity, the care they give to focusing/doing a good job, and their ability to follow directions.

Lesson Plan Source

EducationWorld.com

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

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
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
GRADES 9 - 12
NA-VA.9-12.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.9-12.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas

TECHNOLOGY
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity Tools

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    08/21/2010



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