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Storybook Character Sculptures

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use oral language and word identification to respond to a class book and identify the distinguishing characteristics of the characters in the book. Students will create a storybook character sculpture using air-dry clay and acrylic or tempera paint.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will identify main characters within a book.

Students will identify distinguishing characteristics or main characters within a book.

Students will explore modeling and sculpting techniques.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Read a storybook to the whole group or in small groups.
  • Facilitate whole group or small group discussions, identifying main characters and distinguishing characteristics of those characters.
  • Demonstrate how to use air-dry clay and basic modeling techniques to form characters.
  • Demonstrate how to paint air dry clay characters.

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National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Class story book, see suggested list
  • Air-dry clay
  • Acrylic or Tempera paint
  • Paint brushes, medium and small
  • Water container
  • Spray bottle
  • Modeling tools, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, kebab skewers
  • Plastic bags

National Standards


Create

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

VA:Cr1.1.3a

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Steps

Introduce Characters

Read the book A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin. Create a character sketch of one of the characters. Begin with roughly ┬╝ lb of air dry clay or enough to fit comfortably in the palm of hand.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

Suggested Books List

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Character Discussion Guiding Questions

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Summative

Mini Artist Statement

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