Last week Tuesday was the day before Thanksgiving break. Some teachers dread these days, others look forward to them. Me? I'm undecided. :)
I made the decision to go off my lesson plan for the day. I thought we all could use the break. Tuesday morning I arrived to school with the vague idea that I would do some Thanksgiving related project- but not really having any concrete plan.
5 minutes of scavenging resulted in the idea of creating these TP tube turkeys. I didn't have a pattern to follow, I didn't have any paper pre-cut other than brown paper for the heads and I didn't spend a ton of time giving directions. I truly wanted the kids to have fun, dig in my scrap bucket and create an adorable turkey of their own.
Here's some of our results:
There may be some people out there who think that I blew off my lesson just to have fun, or that the students weren't learning concepts while doing this 'craft' lesson. But the truth is the students learned many skills; like how to create a 3-D additive sculpture, how to create something from recycled materials, how to communicate an idea, and to create shapes and textures found in nature. To extend the learning I also had students draw their sculpture in their sketchbooks- something that is a learning target concept for 2nd grade and up. All in all it was a very successful, FUN, and great learning lesson!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!