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Imagine circus feats on other planets. Research gravitational, surface, and atmospheric conditions.
During a study of the universe, invite students to research information about weightlessness, temperatures, and other characteristics of different locations in outer space. Imagine how these would affect imaginary circus performers' actions, clothing, and appearances. Organize students into small groups and have each group choose a planet, moon, or other location to create an outer space circus sculpture.
Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Encourage them to experiment with creating different color effects using Crayola® Model Magic. Blend white and colored compound to create tints, or mix colors and black to make shades. Blend two primary colors (red, yellow, blue) together to produce a secondary hue (orange, green, violet). Create a marble effect by incompletely blending different colors. For multi-colored layers, flatten two or more pieces of Model Magic by hand or with a rolling pin or dowel stick. Stack the pieces flat on top of each other and roll tightly like a cinnamon roll. Cut segments with Crayola Scissors. Connect pieces to make forms. Roll out three 1/2-inch or larger coils (rope-like strands) about 1 foot long. Pinch three ends together. Braid. Roll into a longer coil if desired.
Explore Model Magic construction methods using these techniques. Sculpt basic forms with fingers. Press pieces firmly together to attach. Add support(armatures)to long, thin forms by molding the Model Magic around drinking straws, coffee stirrers, or toothpicks. Create appendages and details with modeling tools such as plastic knives. Press onto basic forms. Cut or press textures into the Model Magic after it has stiffened slightly.
Add sparkle to the circus performers by pressing glittering chenille sticks or sequins onto the sculpture, or by adding Crayola Washable Glitter Glue.
Student groups present their Outer Space Circus model to classmates.
Get to know comets! Students examine the components of comets and how they orbit the sun. Illustrate a glistening diagra
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Research the stories behind the constellations in the night sky and then connect the stars to see them for yourself!
What’s happening above your head? You can’t see the Earth’s atmosphere, but its layers are waiting for you to explore!
Explore positive and negative space using monoprint and collage techniques to create an imaginary lunar landscape.
Use Crayola® Gel Markers to add a colorful diagram to a report on the natural cycles of the solar system.
Students rocket into space while creating a compelling dimensional picture of the planet Saturn and its fascinating ring
Space travel has captured imaginations for generations. Combine creativity and problem solving to construct a 3-D spaces
Display facts about the stars on a unique telescope replica.
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