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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!!











Today I challenged the students to write a three to five-line poem based on the resulting picture. They have to connect thumbprints and flowers without actually saying the flowers are thumbprints. The best poem (chosen by a panel of other English teachers) will be written in the blank space on the paper. I plan to mat and frame it some way and then display it in the media center along with the best Poetry Pots.

Once I decided on the activity, I googled fingerprint art and found this website with some great activities for little ones that I hope to do with the grands. Some of you who have small children and/or grandchildren might like it, too. :D

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Date: 2009-04-27 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ldygwynedd.livejournal.com
That is SO awesome. What a great idea!

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Date: 2009-04-27 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltamiss.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm really pleased with the results. Now to get a decent poem to go with it! :D

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Date: 2009-04-27 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brendamom.livejournal.com
I think I want to make a garden with my own thumb!

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Date: 2009-04-27 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltamiss.livejournal.com
We three teachers are going to add ours tomorrow. I may do this every year now and have a keepsake of the kids I teach. :D

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Date: 2009-04-27 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pondhopper.livejournal.com
Wow. That turned out beautifully! It's so bright and beautiful...I'll be interested as to what poem is chosen.

Maybe you should be the art teacher.
;)

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Date: 2009-04-27 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltamiss.livejournal.com
Thanks!

You know, I'm always surprised at the number of kids who actually do a fair job with poetry. I don't help them a whole lot other than saying things like, "Do you really think that is the best word in this line" or "Where's the contrast" or "This line doesn't seem to flow with the rest of the poem." And then I tell them to 'work on it'! :D

Oh, lord, NOOooooo! I would be bonkers if I had to teach art! :D

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Date: 2009-04-27 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curly-purls.livejournal.com
L♥ve it!! Bright, cheerful, and just plain awesome!

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Date: 2009-04-27 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltamiss.livejournal.com
Thank you. I think it turned out rather well. If the poem is half as cool, I'll be satisfied. :D

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Date: 2009-04-28 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jazzyglo.livejournal.com
What a wonderful project! The picture is so pretty.

That was a great idea!

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Date: 2009-04-28 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltamiss.livejournal.com
Thank you. It's been a fun one! :D

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Date: 2009-04-29 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
You are so creative!

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Date: 2009-04-29 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltamiss.livejournal.com
I have a neat idea or two once in a while. Thanks! :D

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