My kids (and young students) really find enjoyment in sorting objects and supplies. It's calming, independent, and helpful to the overall function of our house (yay!). I have a collection on Pinterest of different sorting activities that look interesting of unexpected. But we just found this really cool (and fancy) wooden box with compartments on amazon. Everyone enjoyed sorting their treasured shells into the little compartments.
Brush Lettering is all over pinterest, target, and the holidays is general. It's a great activity for older kids through adults. I encourage you to try it in your classroom using crayola markers, you can get some awesome results and it's what I always start out all my students on (even the adults). If you have the budget for brush letter pens or the means to have them donated or brought in by students below are the brands and types that I like the best.
I was on the hunt for a new color wheel project to reinforce primary and secondary colors this week. I wanted something fun that they could use to review and remember their color mixing. I found some old colored gel laying around and created this color wheel necklace. It was a big hit with my own kids so I had classes make them as well. I used color cellophane with students I I ran out of the old gels) They were a big hit and easy to make.
I prepped ahead of time by cutting square pieces of cardstock 2.5x2.5" and cutting the colored cellophane 2x2". Kids punched the holes using large punches common in scrapbooking and glued the cellophane between the panels. They then punched holes and threaded them on string to hang around their neck.
We completed an activity following where we challenged one another on color mixing questions.
In my search for information on common core and how it will influence fine arts education I've been looking deeper into assessment.
I've developed a rubric that I've been fairly satisfied with so far and have been using for about 5 years. I use the rubric at the completion of a project with 3-5 graders and it includes a checklist of expectations, a self assessment table, and usually a few short answer questions. An example of one can be seen here.
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