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The Earth’s rocks and soil contain scientific AND historical mysteries. Capture dramatic desert or canyon colors with Crayola® Markers on sandpaper.
Nature is on display around the world, including the Painted Desert in Arizona, near the Grand Canyon in the western United States. Wind and water erosion carve colorful mounds from wet bentonite clay (which swells and then collapses upon itself) and petrified wood. The result is layered earth tones with deep ridges that became smooth over time. Sunlight and shadows highlight the minerals found in the crevices--with wondrous results!
Organize a variety of resources, text and electronic, focused on the Petrified Forest National Park, Grand Canyon; Africa's Kalahari or Saharan Deserts; Asia's Mongolian Gobi, or another dramatic geological area. Invite small groups of students to research one of these areas and study color photos. Group members discuss how each of these wonders formed over time.
Ask groups to replicate the desert area they researched. Provide each group with a large piece of sandpaper. Demonstrate how to capture the layers of hues and shadows of the desert with Crayola Washable Markers. Encourage students to blend colors. Create ridges with more blending.
To accompany the sandpaper replicas, student groups compose a summary paragraph reflecting their research. Have summary paragraphs accompany artwork when displayed.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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