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Say goodbye to a student teacher. Welcome a new classmate. Decorate for Cinco de Mayo. This easy-to-make piñata is sure to be a hit at any festivity!
During a unit of study focused on Mexico, or any foreign nation, ask students to discuss how they celebrate special occasions in their families. Then invite students to find out how children around the world have fun on special occasions. Using teacher-selected text and electronic resources, small groups research the topic.
When research is complete, inform groups that they will be organizing a presentation for classmates. Their presentation will include a collaborative art piece. For our purposes in this lesson, groups will be creating a piñata.
In many countries, piñatas are favorite party games. They’re usually made with paper maché, but here’s a quicker way. We designed a bright fish piñata to complement a study of countries that border the Pacific Ocean.
Each group will need one brown paper grocery bag. Students use Crayola® Washable Markers to color fish scales and eyes.
Finish fish features. Use Crayola Scissors to cut paper bag scraps to make a fish mouth, fins, and tail. Color with markers. Hold in place with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the piñata.
Fill the piñata with goodies such as colored pencils and little bags of pretzels. Tie it closed with colorful ribbon. Each student group can hang their original piñata during their presentation or position it in a highly visible area of the classroom. Remind groups to incorporate their visual, the piñata, into their presentation.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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