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Nobel Prizes are awarded to people who do extraordinary things. Who would you select to win?
People from many fields all around the world are honored annually with Nobel Prizes. Along with the honor comes a large cash award to encourage winners to continue their fields of study. Achievements in physics, chemistry, literature, and peace are recognized. Invite students to find out about previous winners and research some deserving future candidates. Organize a variety of text and electronic resources for students to view during this research.
The Nobel Prize is represented with a large golden medallion embossed with a silhouette of its founder, Alfred Nobel. This type of sculpture is called bas-relief. The first award was given in 1901. Here is one way to make a replica medallion.
Form an orange-sized ball of Crayola® Air-Dry Clay. On a clean, dry surface, demonstrate for students how to flatten it with your fingers or a rolling pin until it is about one-half inch thick. Cut out a circle with a plastic cup or craft stick.
Shape Nobel’s face by pinching the clay with fingers. Students look at a classmate for inspiration. Notice different indentations for chin, mouth, eyes, and forehead. Use a craft stick or fingers.
The clay’s fine texture enables you to add many details to the medal. For example, roll a tiny clay ball to make an eye. Use a Crayola Colored Pencil point to make the pupil. Roll thin strips to create hair. Flatten a tiny piece of clay between fingers to make an ear. Attach loose pieces by scoring (making lines on) the backs of both pieces of clay with a toothpick and dampen with fingers before pressing them together.
When finished sculpting, smooth medals with a few drops of water and fingers. Air-dry medals for at least 48 hours.
Students cover work areas with recycled newspaper. Paint medals with gold Crayola Premier Tempera Paint. Air-dry the paint.
Attach a ribbon to the back of the medal with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue before awarding your Nobel Prize selection. Describe to your class why you chose this person.
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