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Art & Writing...A lesson inspired by "Spaghetti, Spaghetti" by Jack Prelutsky

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Writing Project: Alliterative Sentences Art Project: A Yarn as Pasta Picture

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Yarn & Pasta Pictures

This writing and art project was written by Northern Nevada teacher Dana Morgan during the NNWP's inservice class on Art & Writing Projects. Dana is a third grade teacher in Northern Nevada.

This page contains the art portion of this two-part lesson. Click here to view the accompanying writing lesson plan.

Art Lesson Overview:

Students create a bold flower on a sunset background to study contrasting colors. Student poems and artwork should be displayed together.

Lesson Materials:

Art Lesson Instructions:

A Note from Dana, this lesson's author: "Don't hesitate to use lots of glue to secure the yarn. It will dry clear."

  • Have students create a picture in their mind of what pasta looks like. Have them think about the different objects and places they associate with eating it.
  • Display the three teacher samples and talk about what they see in the pictures.
  • Students need to first create a background for their pictures, using construction paper. Students can cut-out shapes of pots, pans, plates or bowls for their "noodles" to sit in.
  • Challenge them to use construction paper to add interesting details for their backgrounds: hands, silverware, napkins, tablecloths, etc.
  • Students then cut out different lengths of yarn. They will squeeze out lines of glue on their construction paper background and press the yarn into the glue. They can make loops or straight lines, but remind them to make it look like a pile of pasta on the picture.
  • When the yarn completely dries, they can add their alliterative sentence directly on their picture (encourage them to possibly twist the words around like a strong of pasta), or they can write their sentences on another piece of paper that can be hung near the finished artwork.

We're Seeking Photographed Student Samples:

Teachers: We're looking for 2nd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade student sentence and artwork samples for this lesson that we can feature here. Do you have a revised and edited sample to share? Take a photo of the final product, and/or send attachments to us at Please write "Noodle Alliteration" in your e-mail's subject line. If we publish your sample here, we will send you a complimentary copy of one of the NNWP's Print Publications for your classroom.

Third Grade Sentences/Pasta Art

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