Since I have my 4th-6th grade students 4 days in a row for one hour and fifteen minutes each day, I knew that it was important to provide them with a multitude of activities. Also, students aren't always there every day since the program is for enrichment, so I have to develop a unit of study that is flexible if a kid misses one day (or more). I pasted my daily lesson plans for the week below, but I added one addition element to keep things flowing.
Much like my Abraham Lincoln Enrichment Unit from last summer, I knew I wanted to reward the students who completed every single task for the week. I designed a sheet of art badges for my students to keep track of their progress as they completed each activity and mastered each skill for the week. Some activities we did together (like the 1st video on the S'more flyer below) and other activities they had to master on their own: Like learning the New Zealand te ao kori games: hipitoitoi and hei tama tu tama. On the last day, they could turn in their badge sheet for a reward: for every 3 badges they earned, they got to select a piece of candy or small school supply (like a sticker or eraser) up to five total.
I know, I know, I probably shouldn't give out candy....but it is summer school and I wanted to reward the kids that worked extra hard and provide some incentive to the slackers. ;-)
Overall, I've been really impressed with the results of the 18X24" Kuro paintings which were inspired by this Pinterest pin and this artsonia gallery. A great coloring page of the Koru can be found here. We've been using neon paints and I gave the students the choice between red, black and white as their base paper color.
I haven't been as impressed with the Crayola air dry clay. I like the texture of it, but it breaks so easily after it dries that it really isn't good for necklaces, it just isn't as tough as real, fired clay, but I opted for it for this project because I needed something that would be ready in a couple of days.
Monday: Introduce the art of New Zealand and demonstrate how to use the S'more flyer. Explain how the badges work. Sketch ideas for clay necklace using handouts and visuals on the S’more flyer. (students watch the video and read about carving on their own.) https://www.smore.com/b5z1m/edit?ref=show_author
Supplies: Pencils, erasers, handouts, copies for free time, iPads, 8X12 white paper
Tuesday: Create clay necklace pendant out of air dry clay. When finished, use S’more flyer to learn about Maori painting designs. Sketch an idea for painting, could be Koru or design inspired by Maori facial tattoos.
Supplies: Air dry clay, needle tools or pencils, iPads, 8X12 white paper for sketching, markers for adding color to sketch a plan for the painting, pencils and erasers, visuals
Wednesday: Field Trip
Thursday: Begin painting (using sketch). Draw on big paper, start with a 2-3 colors, paint the large areas. If desired, paint clay necklace, or put on string and take home.
Supplies: Twine for necklaces, paint, brushes, 18X24" paper for painting
Friday: Finish painting, add details and dots, outline some spots with permanent markers. Use iPads to learn more about New Zealand and play some New Zealand games if desired. Turn in badge sheet for rewards. Paint clay necklace and take home if you didn't yesterday.
Supplies: Paint, permanent markers, brushes, iPads, games for free time, candy for games