SchoolArts Magazine

March 2018

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board. They fold their tag board in half, creating the ground with the bottom half and the background with the top half. Students rub crayons and/or use watercolor paint to add color to the back - ground and ground. During the next class, students continue to use crayons and apply paint, but they also add cut paper. During this class, we pass out the snails while students work. This is our favorite part because you see students interacting with their snails—they are placed into their new environments and students will play with them and determine their placement while creating. Stu - dents make resources out of paper or crayon to add to the snail's natu - ral environment. Some students will even make a rock out of paper for the snail to sleep on or a path for the snail to travel on. Reflections This lesson has become one of our favorites. Every student gets so excited creating a special environment for their snail and personalizing it just the way they want. They will often make a spe - cial spot for the clay snail to be placed within the artwork. Other teachers and faculty are always excited to see how they turned out because they have already heard so much about them. Tara McPherson teaches K– 5 art at Castlio Elementary in St. Charles, Mis- souri. tara.mcpherson@; Michelle Ridlen is the K–12 fine arts curriculum content leader for the Fran- cis Howell School District. michelle. ridlen@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K elementary-units.html SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 41

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