Arts & Humanities
Create a fun display for Open House Night.
Open House, digital camera, back to school
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 IdeaOnce 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.
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.
Assess students based on creativity, the care they give to focusing/doing a good job, and their ability to follow directions.
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
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
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