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Bring in some fun and ‘kitschy’ design into your presidential study! Use the Caldecott Medal book So You Want to Be President? as a jumping-off point and have your students create a series of limited edition plate décor for your classroom.
Read the book So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George with your class. Have each student choose a president to focus on either by first-come-first-serve or by choosing a name out of a hat, so that none are duplicated.
After students have researched basic information about their president, look back through the book, pointing out several characteristics about the illustrations. Explain what a ‘caricature’ is and have students brainstorm appropriate features to exaggerate for their president. Note how basic lines of one color accentuate parts of each portrait and demonstrate how easily this can be done with the wide side of Crayola Washable Broad Line Markers, while the thin facial lines are best created with the tip of those very same markers.
Have students practice their presidential images a few times on their Crayola Marker & Watercolor Pad. Also discuss or show examples of decorative plates created to hang on walls. Invite the class to brainstorm together what type of border they would like their series of plates to have, so all will look like a complete set. Discuss what type of format and brief information will be included, and refer to fractions of the whole so that images are similar in proportion to each other.
After students have practiced their images, have them draw them directly on a paper plate, and complete with same-style border and including the same information.
Have students present their plates to classmates, sharing information about their president and why specific information was included.
Display all plates along a hallway or around your classroom!
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