reference. We discussed why certain
items would be commonplace while
others were not. By the end of the
discussion, everyone understood that
people go to yard sales to find low
prices on used items that are still
The Yard Sale Project
I told students that they were going to
have their own yard sale. Only their
yard sale was going to be different
from any yard sale they had ever been
to. In our sale, nothing was actually
going to be “for sale.” They would be
drawing and displaying items that
someone might find at a real yard sale.
I told students they needed to find
a picture of an item they wanted to
draw. The item could be recent or an
antique/older item. I explained that
items to draw had to be things that
could be found at an actual yard sale.
I reminded them of the items on the
board that we had discussed. Students
found pictures in
zines, and online.
This lesson provided students with an
opportunity to incorporate real-world
financial practices and lessons into
They used critical
thinking to create
a unique work of
art. Students were
proud when their
art student “yard sale” was displayed
and became the talk of the school!
Items to draw had to be
things that could be found
at an actual yard sale.
Sherry Milbrath is an art teacher at Michel
6th Grade School in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Students integrate visual, spatial, and
temporal concepts with content to
communicate intended meaning in
Emma Tompkins, grade six.