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Lesson Plan Submitted by: Judith Walsh
Art teacher at Mt. Zion Elementary, Suffolk, VA.
Grades: 4th & 5th grades
Using a ruler, students will divide their paper into eight sections. First, by drawing a line from corner to corner to create an "X" on their paper and then by making a "+" on top of the "X". Next, in each of the eight sections, they will write words of importance to them, such as, friend's names, favorite subjects, (like ART!!), etc.
When they write the words, they will use the shape of the section to form the word. For instance, the shape of the section will be a triangle, so they will start from small to large.
When they have filled each of the sections with words, they will color in between the letters and spaces with watercolor markers. The end result has a kaleidoscope effect and is very colorful.
My students loved this project because it was personal and full of color and fun. ENJOY!!
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