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How does the ocean move? Use a mixture of melted crayon colors to create motion in the ocean!
Provide students with opportunities to view the movement of large bodies of water. This can be done via a field trip to an ocean beach, a video of the ocean, a storm approaching, etc. Discuss what is seen. Direct student discussions towards what causes the movement, as well as how the water looks when in motion. Document student contributions to the discussion using a classroom white board and Crayola Dry-Erase Markers.
Provide students with the opportunity to reconstruct their knowledge through an art activity. Encourage students to choose Crayola® Crayon colors similar to the hues they have seen in ocean water. The paper wrappers need to be peeled from the crayons prior to melting.
With adult assistance, students cover a warming tray with aluminum foil. The tray should be turned on to low heat. The adult working with the group will hold white construction paper on top of the aluminum foil, wearing protective hot pads on his hands.
Slowly and gently, students will draw and swirl the crayons on the paper as the heat melts the wax. Encourage students to blend their colors. Vary shapes and lines, being aware of using the entire paper to create their interpretation of motion in water.
When students are finished, the adult will remove the paper from the heated area. The wax will harden in just a few seconds. When held up to a window, the wax will resemble stained glass.
Provide students with class time to discuss how their artwork illustrates water in motion.
Use this activity to ascertain what students may need to learn about oceans and the ability of water to move things. What suggestions might children have to extend there learning on this subject?
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