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Mirroring, Heather Hanson Style

I love incorporating opportunities for teamwork and collaboration into my curriculum at all grade levels. It’s important to structure activities that foster social-skill building along with creative and critical thinking. For the past few years, my fourth-graders have worked together to create digital sculptures that are inspired by the work of Rachel Beach (May 2018 issue, […]

Experimenting with Chalk: Vibrant Reptiles

This is one of my favorite lessons for introducing chalk. I have found that there are some students who have a difficult time using this color media. It can be a very messy medium, but if blended properly, can produce some striking effects. I have taught this to grades 2–5. If your science teacher discusses […]

Pinch-Pot Animal Bowls

Teachers at all levels introducing clay to their classrooms often struggle to find an exciting introductory project to build construction skills and confidence with the medium. The pinch pot is always a good place to start. Students learn to feel the clay and determine what it will and will not do. They also learn that […]