Wednesday, December 9, 2015

All The Buildings Of The World

Back when I was student teaching, I did a project based on the artist James Gulliver Hancock who was drawing all the buildings in New York.

Since a lot of my students don't get the opportunity to travel very much I thought it would be neat to revive this project for my fifth graders this year.

Materials you will need:
Kitchen Tiles (I bought these at Home Depot for 16 cents a piece)
Permanent Marker ( I had students draw first with pencil, then outline their image with a thin black sharpie and then use color... it does smear if it doesn't dry all the way)
Low Temp Glue Gun
Fabric Ribbon

Using a low temp glue gun I helped students glue their ribbon on the back. We will display some of these at the district office and other on the bulletin board out in the front of our school. 

I made sure to let students know that they needed to fill the entire tile with color, we talked about the horizon line and coloring in one direction.

This project is very easily modified for students with special needs. I worked with one of my students on drawing an image (the Sydney Opera House) and she colored it with the markers of her choosing.

I also added a literary component to this project by having students research interesting facts about their buildings. It was super fun hearing them talk to each other and me about everything they learned.

Fifth graders finish projects really quickly (or at least mine do) and most of the time we were working in the computer lab so many of my students were able to use their knowledge of Pixlr from a previous project and create new images (like adding sun glasses to the Statue of Liberty or a monkey to the top of the Eiffel Tower)...It was a great way to blend two projects and kept those that were finished entertained.

What are some successful project that you have done with fifth graders?

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