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Art & Writing Projects from WritingFix: Tail Acrostic Poems and Personailzed Kites

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Writing Project: Tail Acrostic Poems Art Project: Personalized Kites

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This writing and art project was authored by Northern Nevada teacher Sandra Young. This page contains the lesson plan for the art portion of this lesson. Click here to view the accompanying writing lesson plan.

Here is what the final product might look like:

Sandra's Lesson Overview:

This project allows students to illustrate and design something important to them on a kite shaped background. The children are given the opportunity to reflect, think and then experience oil pastels as they create their designs.

Lesson Materials:

  • Henry & The Kite Dragon by Bruce Edward Hall
  • Kite Flying by Grace Lin
  • White construction paper 12x12
  • Oil pastels
  • Colorful twine or ribbon for kite lacing
  • Paper punch
  • Reinforcement labels for punched holes

Art Lesson Instructions:

  1. Cut and fold white construction paper. (Fold in half diagonally forming two triangles. Fold triangular parts into the center forming a kite shape.) Here are visual instructions from Sandra.

  2. Distribute the kites to the students.

  3. Display a teacher or student created sample, illustrating something important to the teacher or student. Discuss what the important thing might be. Model a kite design while students watch using oil pastels.

  4. While demonstrating discuss how to use the oil pastels. Use a firm pressure to cover the paper and make a bright vibrant radiating pattern on the kite. (Unfold the kite and cover entire front surface with design.)

  5. When coloring is finished, punch holes on back flaps of the kite.

  6. Distribute the ribbon and demonstrate possible threading patterns. Start treading at top of kite. Tie a knot to secure ribbon and procede threading with the single ribbon. Make sure there is enough ribbon at the end for a kite tail.

  7. The kite is now ready for the kite tail which will be completed after the writing project is finished.

Some Teaching "Hints" from this Lesson's Author:

  • Warn students thatoil pastels are soft and will break easily…just keep coloring with the short pieces. Oil pastels smear easily so students will have to watch hand and arm position. Starting at the center and working out will save some smearing. Reinforcement labels will repair tears in kite occurring while threading ribbon.


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