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Focus on friendship by writing and singing songs, talking about friendship skills, and creating textured art images about the joy of having friends.
Read a book or show a video about friendship with the class. Ask students to think of people they call friends. How do friendships start? What are the characteristics of a good friend? How do friends keep a relationship going?
Students work in groups of 2 or 3. Pick a common tune that students know, such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or "This Land is Your Land." Sing the song together, and notice the musical phrases. Have students come up with their own lyrics, matching the tune of the original song, but focusing on ideas about friendship. Students write the words with Crayola® Crayons on construction paper and share their song with the group.
Students create a textured image with their own unique designs. Carefully cut imaginative Friendship Shapes from sandpaper with Crayola Scissors. Arrange the shapes in a pleasing manner on oaktag or posterboard, and attach them with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
Students remove the wrapper from a favorite crayon color. Put a piece of construction paper over the shape arrangement and rub the side of the crayon over the surface of the paper to reveal the image.
Slightly reposition the paper on top of the shape arrangement. Choose a second crayon color and repeat to create a shadow effect. Create several rubbings, experimenting with different color combinations and degrees of pressure when rubbing crayon over surface.
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