Thursday, December 8, 2011
Erica's Alphabet Soup
Last year, Erica, who blogs at Art Project Girl, organized a group share of sub lesson plans. Probably my favorite lesson in the bunch was hers, because it was simple and clear, did not require any special books, art prints, or strange materials, had educational value, and I thought the kids would enjoy it and be successful.
I decided to use this lesson before Thanksgiving when I was going to be out of school to attend my state conference. I introduced the project briefly to the kids in grade 3 & 4 as they were finishing another project, and they completed the work with the sub when I was out.
The basic instructions: use a Sharpie to write every letter of the alphabet. Each letter had to touch either another letter or the edge of the paper. Then use markers to fill the spaces that are formed with patterns and designs. We talked a bit about composition, and I gave kids permission to repeat letters if they had big empty spaces that they wanted to fill or if they had letters that weren't touching. This bulletin board below is the work of the 3rd graders. I didn't photograph the 4th grade work.
Thanks, Erica, for a great lesson!