Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's not a Box, not a CD

It's not a CD, it's a dinosaur!

Or it's a race car, or a hip-hop dude spinning music.

Or it's a fat bumble-bee, or a flower

or an army guy, or a critter.

Here's the book, and Charlene with her "not a CD" flower.

This lesson was begun when I was out recuperating, and I thought it would be fun and easy for the sub. She read the book in grades K, 1, and 2. Students in K & 1 were given a piece of paper with a square or rectangle of cardboard glued on, and their challenge was to make it "not a box".

The 2nd graders got paper w/old CD's hot-glued on them, and had a similar challenge to make it "not a CD". There were so many good ideas - butterflies, and grandfather clocks and so much more.


  1. Awesome. I think that book would have helped with my surrealism project. Maybe if I can find a copy of it, I'll try the project oooooone more time before I put it in the "good try, Katie" category and never use it again!

  2. I love these CD projects.
    My favorite is the hip-hop dude spinning music.

  3. Katie, it's just a simple little kids' book. My son got it as a high school graduation present from a friend who said he should always let his imagination run free!

  4. I thought I posted a comment! Great idea! I love that CD's have become so disposible with MP3's etc. . . A few years ago we could have never dreamed of this project! I like the dinosaur thing!

  5. Actually, I've been using the CD's for several years now. In the beginning it was all those AOL CD's they used to send you in the mail.

  6. Hi Phyl, You blog has always inspired me. In my first year of teaching your blog has given me a lot of inspiration. I just "ripped off" this project idea from you but also gave you complete credit in my blog post and added you to "Links I Love"! http://paulacohen.blogspot.com/
    Additionally my 7 year old (you'll see lots of pictures of him in my blog) LOVES the dragon on the top of your page and wants to know how you made it so he can make one. Will you give away your secret?
    Thanks, Paula

  7. Paula, about a year ago, I posted the whole story of making Lucy the dragon here: http://plbrown.blogspot.com/2010/06/story-of-lucy-dragon.html

  8. Now that I check out the post, I do remember reading it way back when. Have your read "Not a Stick" by the same author. I'm thinking of using it and developing something similar to my lesson for the box with not a line in mind.


    1. Kim, no, I never saw that book. As a matter of fact, I probably wouldn't have discovered Not a Box if it weren't for that gift my son received! I think whatever you use, I love the fact that it is such an easy starting point for imaginative thinking. Your lesson version is great, especially nowadays when art teachers are required to get so much written response from students.