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Pigs are big in children’s literature! Choose a favorite porker, maybe from Charlotte’s Web, and make a colorful paper maché model.
Conduct a read aloud with Charlotte's Web by E. B. White or another book in which pigs are the main characters. Invite students to research information about these animals. Ask students, organized in small groups, to compare and contrast actual information about pigs and how pigs are often portrayed in literature. Come together as a class to share findings.
Students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Tear additional newspaper into short, thin strips. Mix two parts of Crayola® School Glue with one part water to create a thin mixture for paper maché.
Ask students to crumple up recycled newspaper into a ball. Dip strips of newspaper into the glue mixture. Apply damp strips to the ball, overlapping them as you go. Cover the ball with at least two layers of newspaper. Dry completely, which may take several days, depending upon temperature and humidity.
Glue additional body parts to the ball, such as a snout, legs, and tail. Use corks, recycled plastic bottle lids, or recycled film canisters for the snout and legs. Cover them with more paper maché if you wish. A curled chenille stem works well as a tail. Push it slightly into the firm paper, then apply glue to the entry point. Cut ears from felt, construction paper, or scraps of fabric. To stiffen fabric, apply a coating of the glue and water mixture used for the paper maché. Dry.
Students paint their pigs with Crayola Tempera Paints. Allow time to dry.
Students finish their pig sculptures by making eyes with Crayola Markers or gluing on small black buttons.
Provide time in the school day for students to share their sculptures with classmates. Encourage students to include in their talks what new learning about pigs they included in their artwork.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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