oh, what a week it was!
one of our projects was crumpling a piece of newsprint (from the local newspaper) and having a teacher put a piece of masking tape around the top to create the volcano’s “opening.”
then more tape was used to adhere it to a piece of matboard.
then we used our finger muscles to tear tiny strips of lava.
then glue made that lava stick!
not in the plans…but perfect.
and when limbo was over, the tape was added to the teacher chair.
seldom do i set up a project that is so lame that we don’t continue on. don’t get me wrong, almost every project evolves once the children get going with it. what i have in my lesson plans is almost never exactly what we end up doing.
this project was supposed to provide pages and pages of wood-stamped “nuts.”
but the wood pieces didn’t hold much wood for printing or rolling, the paint wasn’t a warm brown-more of a greenish gray, the paper kept tearing. i abandoned it almost immediately.
truly a process-only experience.
did you know that colored paper dividers that your middle school daughter thought she needed and then didn’t are fun to cut and make colored images on the screen when put on an overhead projector?
one overhead projector on the ground behind a curtain we use to hide the church folding chairs makes shadows.
during “l is for light” week, this was perfect.
let me tell you, it was exciting.