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Recognize the accomplishments of friends, family members, or people in your community.
Ask students to list ways in which human accomplishments are honored, such as a Pulitzer Prize, Purple Heart, or Olympic Medal, or in the community. Then encourage them to think of people in families, at school, or the community who are brave, volunteer, or do other considerate deeds.
Organize students into pairs or small groups. Each group or team will choose one person to honor with a medal. Challenge students to think of a way to represent their person's accomplishments with a simple design.
Student teams will fashion a medal base of Crayola® Model Magic® about 1/4-inch (8 mm) thick. Embed a paper clip into the side of the medal, leaving one end protruding.
Students experiment with ways to mix Model Magic colors. l) Blend white and colored compound to create tints, or mix colors and black to make shades. 2) Blend two primary colors (red, yellow, blue) together to produce a secondary hue (orange, green, violet). 3) Create a marble effect by incompletely blending different colors. 4) For multi-colored layers, flatten two or more pieces by hand or with a rolling pin or dowel stick. Stack the pieces flat on top of each other and roll tightly like a cinnamon roll. Cut segments with Crayola Scissors. Connect pieces to make forms.
With fingers or simple modeling tools, such as plastic dinnerware or straws, design the medal. Make textured surfaces by pressing objects into slightly stiffened compound.
Add other craft items, perhaps beads, to enhance the medal's meaning and appearance.
Run a 30-inch (70 cm) ribbon through the paperclip. Hang the medal around the honoree's neck, perhaps at a special event honoring volunteers. Students may organize this event and write a brief introduction for each honoree.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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