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Create colorful ribbons and medals worn by our brave soldiers with Crayola Color Sticks. Then use your imagination and design your own classroom ribbon or medal.
The military has a rich tradition of recognizing outstanding service. The government started issuing medals and ribbons for heroism, service and campaign participation after the American Civil War. Ribbons are small rectangular bars of patterned fabric that are worn on service uniforms. Medals have an embossed piece of medal hanging from patterned fabric and are worn on full dress uniforms. Awards and decorations are created each time the military participates in a new campaign.
There is a lot to learn when it comes to military decorations. Invite students to review the different award categories in the military, like personal decorations, distinguished service, campaign and service, achievement, commendation, etc. Have students look at all the different military awards on the internet or in reference books.
When research is complete, ask students to select a military decoration to re-create.
Begin by using a ruler to measure a piece of construction paper into two 4 in. x 9 in. (10.2cm x 22.9cm) rectangles with Crayola Color Sticks. Cut out the rectangles with Crayola Scissors.
To create a ribbon, use Color Sticks to draw and color the pattern of the military decoration chosen on the rectangle horizontally. Use different techniques while coloring like pressure variation to lighten and darken colors or layering colors to create different hues. Color Sticks are also great for broad strokes, shadows and highlights.
To create a medal, use Color Sticks to draw the same pattern on the rectangle vertically. Fold in the two corners of the rectangle to create a point on the bottom end of the rectangle. Use a glue stick to glue the folded corners.
Use a lid or a can to trace a circle on a piece of construction paper. Cut it out with scissors. Color the circle and write in the name of the medal.
Ask students to investigate someone that was awarded the medal they have re-created. Why was the medal awarded? Share this information with small groups of classmates.
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