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A festive and fun kick-off activity made using Crayola® Color Switchers™ and lots of bling before starting a more serious study into the use of masks through history and culture.
Organize students into small groups and ask them to collaborate in composing a short play with a specific message for classmates, focused on such topics as recycling, volunteerism, etc. Once writing is complete, provide students with materials to use in creating masks to “wear” while performing their play characters. These masks should enhance the persuasive message of the play.
You may pre-cut mask bases with eye holes from heavy paper. Have the students create wild and colorful designs on white paper with Crayola® Color Switcher™ Markers. Then ask the students to cut the paper into a variety of small shapes using Crayola® Pointed-Tip Scissors. Attach these pieces to mask base with Crayola® Glue Sticks (leaving the eye holes clear) to give the mask textured dimension as well as color vibrancy.
Supply students with wooden dowels or make mask sticks by tightly rolling paper and gluing rolled tube with Crayola® No-Run School Glue. Glue both the dowel and paper roll with colorful tissue paper to cover. Secure the rod to the back of mask and let it air dry.
Embellish the masks with collage elements such as craft feathers, ribbons, beads and sequins. Remind students to decorate their masks with movement in mind, adding items that will flow and respond to the shaking of the masks.
Provide time in the school day for student groups to practice their plays and perform for classmates as well as other grade levels.
Ask audience members rate the effectiveness of team messages, citing specific terms in presentations or roles played by masked team members that were memorable. What aspects of the presentation persuaded classmates to follow the message?
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