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Design a good-luck charm as you craft silver-like jewelry. Remember—or hope for—something special in your life with these tiny cultural symbols.
Organize students in a meeting area of the classroom. Ask them to share what they know about symbolic metal charms known as milagros. If they are not familiar with these, ask them to think about what they could be. Document student contributions to the discussion on a white board using Crayola Dry-Erase Markers.
When the discussion seems to be coming to a close, inform students that milagros are small, symbolic metal charms. The literal translation for milagro is miracle. Milagros are used in several cultures to ask or to give thanks for favors. The charms are usually shaped like an item or event. For instance, if one has a favorite pet, his milagro might be shaped like a dog or cat. Invite students, working in teams of two or small groups, to research cultures that use these miracle charms, as well as how they are used. Provide text resources and teacher-approved Internet web sites for students to investigate.
Provide student groups the opportunity to share their research with classmates during a discussion of cultures that made use of these charms. Invite students to each create original milagros.
To create one's very own milagros, use Crayola Model Magic® to make a small shape that has a special, personal meaning. Cover the Model Magic with aluminum foil. Glue the ends of the foil in place if necessary. Air-dry the glue.
Students use Crayola Gel Markers to decorate their milagros. If so desired, students may glue on a pin back or clip so the milagro can attach the milagros to their clothing.
Ask students to write a paragraph describing the meaning of their original milagros, who it might be given to and why. Display the charms with student writing in a prominent place in the classroom.
Study Mexican pottery and its importance to Mexican culture. Create a basket-weave pot with Crayola® Model Magic.
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