Apr. 27th, 2009

deltamiss: (School Project)
So last Friday morning I was tooling along trying to figure out how to extend the spring unit a little because I'd run out of material earlier than expected and wasn't ready to begin working on the Poetry in a Pot project. The forty-five minute commute to school is productive time for me as it is a boring lonely drive with just me and NPR. Anyway, I had a brainstorm.

Although I had two short stories I could have used, we've been put on a short leash with regard to paper use and the stories were just too long to copy. I remembered a poem called "Thumbprint" by Eve Merriam in the lit book and was considering just what I could do to tie it into the unit when it hit me.

I spent about thirty minutes preparing the foundation (I'm definitely NOT an artist) for the activity. I had the students read the poem, and we discussed it. Then I 'thumbprinted' each of them. From a distance the prints look pretty much the same, but up close the differences shine.

The students chose color and position. I love the results!!

Thumbprint Garden - Three Views )

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