resources for learning
Scissors and Glue’s most recent workshop focused on the double theme of comics and dots. The students ranged from ages 2 to 8, so a wide variety of activities were available–all with a dots or comics focus. With a quick lesson on Ben-Day dots (references for the lesson here and here), the students were then free to create a mini comic book, use dilly-dot style makers, arrange dot materials in a project of their choosing, with materials ranging from tissue boxes, other print on paper, washi tape, printed comics characters and dotted ribbon. And of course a follow-up activity included decorating cookies with dots (for thorough sensory recall!)
Students were also given prototype mini comics to view, created by North Carolina artist Ben Towle. Watch for more pictures this week from the Comics and Dots “party.” All activities supported student learning through creativity and a connected theme.
Do you receive a lot of free return address stickers in the mail (St. Jude’s and the like)? If you don’t use them, certainly don’t toss them. They are usually adorned with cute art, great holiday decor and photos. Clip the ends off, and voila . . .stuff for projects. Of course, from there they can be further organized by theme: color, holiday, photos, art. And see the photo using them on a dot sheet. . .and tune in next week as we feature our “Comics and Dots” Day of Crafts for some western NC children. Good stuff ahead! Don’t know to do with your seals? Scissors and Glue Warehouse will gladly accept them as a donation. Just send an inquiry on our “contact us” tab on this website. Happy saving. . .in more ways than one.
Congrats to our February entry from Asheville who organized fabric remnants from a local clothing company and card stock from a local department store. Lessons for summer July 4, Memorial Day preparations are in order!
Integrated Thematic Instruction is the premise Scissors and Glue follows most, with our mission of upcycle in the midst. In January our contest winner submitted Kindergarten lessons using dried citrus pieces for printing letters (first letter in each name). Ning’s beautiful “N” was presented.
But they took it to several levels. They used the citrus to examine every subject they would cover (and they used old dried up limes, which the teacher says sparked the lesson to begin with—because what do you do with a dried up lime?) Only one juicy lime was used, along with eight dried ones. This was for the comparison of “absorption” and “saturation.” The juicy lime could not hold paint like the dried lime. The kindergarteners saw it first hand.
Later we will post the beautiful results from the dried lime. Today, Ning’s “N” with an over-saturated lime.
Math: sections and fractions and circles
Reading: letter practice and new, BIG words (but just two of them—small bites)
Geography: where does citrus grow? (look at world map)
Science: as discussed above
Arts: as discussed above
Music: so many songs about lemons and lemonade!!! (oh and by the way, the paper used for printing was donated by a department store—leftover signs from a sale)
Florida teachers utilized old sheet music scrap as writing prompts for children. The children then decorated a triptych scene by collaging with the sheet music scraps . The music teacher also talked to each child about the sheet music their diorama included. . .reference in history, significance of symbols, and essence of the art.
Most crafters know that newspaper can be a tricky table cover because of the ink. And then eco-crafters know that it is not fun to watch perfectly good paper get used as a table cover. Enter: moving paper newsprint. Ordered a new shelf? Relocated recently? Take the time to straighten that newsprint that somebody wadded up to protect whatever was being shipped and voila. . .table covers. Don’t have a place to put it? Establish a closet or workroom in your school that holds “table cover paper” squashed down and folded in plastic tub.