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What's behind Albert Einstein's frizzy hair, wiry mustache, and penetrating eyes? Find out and create a bas-relief mask of this unforgettable face.
Provide electronic and text resources focused on Albert Einstin for students to review. Students select and share well-known facts about this famous man, including his famed ability to think about the world in a different way. Invite each student to write a short paragraph with Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils giving an overview of Einstein's life and work.
Challenge students to begin a new, second paragraph with "But did you know...?". Students put writing aside for a bit to dig deeper into resources for some less familiar facts about Einstein. What were his ideas on the meaning of life, the perfect government, and the value of imagination? Encourage them to collect interesting quotes. Find out about his childhood and family life. Students organize information into a series of related sentences and then a paragraph to complete this report on Einstein.
Refer to a photograph of Einstein. Use art materials in a new way to create an honorary bas-relief mask of his face. Students begin by covering work area with recycled newspaper. Wet construction paper with a solution of equal parts Crayola School Glue and water to build up Einstein's face on cardboard. Roll paper into a ball and place under a second piece of construction paper for a nose.
Invite students to think of inventive ways to make eyes and mouth. Glue on twine hair, eyebrows, and a mustache. Dry.
Paint with Crayola Washable Watercolor Paints and Watercolor Brushes. Dry.
Add excitement to the mask with Crayola Oil Pastels. Encourage students to be imaginative in the use of bright colors on and around the mask.
Display Einstein masks prominently in the classroom, accompanied by student writing.
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