School Fair Cakewalk

School Fair Cakewalk lesson plan

Planning a school carnival or fundraiser? Use Crayola® Washable Sidewalk Paint to create a festive atmosphere, exciting games, and tons of fun for everyone!

  • 1.

    Ask students to identify their favorite school fair or carnival games. Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to make a list of these activities. After receiving permission from school administration to hold a school carnival, decide which activities to include in the event. One activity that might be included is a cakewalk, which is described here. In the early planning stages, students make sketches of each booth or game. Also brainstorm what students want to do with any profits that may be generated by this event.

  • 2.

    As the planning process continues, ask students decide on carnival committees such as tickets, prizes, a cleanup crew, and other groups. Use Crayola Markers to design posters to advertise your event. Students may also design tickets for the event.

  • 3.

    With administrative permission and after testing paint in a discrete area, use Crayola Sidewalk Paints to create a cakewalk. This is a circle marked with evenly spaced sections large enough for people to walk on. Each section contains either a number or a picture. Encourage students to draw pictures that illustrate the carnival’s theme in the catwalk.

  • 4.

    Use the paint roller and Crayola So Big Brush in the kit to paint the cakewalk and other booths. Allow adequate time for paint to air-dry completely.

  • 6.

    Using Crayola Scissors, have students cut small pieces of paper on which they will write each cakewalk number or picture. Store the papers in an unbreakable bowl.

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    When ready for the cakewalk, players each choose a section on which to stand. The caller begins to play music. While the music plays, participants move around the circle. When the music stops, the caller randomly chooses a slip of paper from the bowl, and the person who is on that section wins a cake.

  • 8.

    Within two weeks of the carnival's close, sidewalk paint will need to be removed. Students wash the surface using the water pressure from a garden hose. Light brushing with a broom or nylon brush may be necessary to remove some paint.

Standards

  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • MATH: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
  • MATH: Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

Adaptations

  • Working in small groups or as a whole class, interview people who help to design and run a school carnival. Prior to the interview meeting, students write interview questions to be researched. After interviews have been completed, student groups/class re-assembles and discusses findings.
  • Students work in small groups to organize various aspects of the carnival, such as the food court, games, art booths, set-up costs, etc. Be specific in terms of what equipment and materials will be needed for your part of the plan. When the class comes back together as a whole, students map out the plan, remembering to focus on the actual space available.
  • Students create a written, detailed plan for their carnival and schedule an appointment with the administration to seek approval for the event. The class should select 2 or 3 class members to attend the meeting or invite the school administrators to visit the class for the presentation. Listen carefully to administrator concerns and brainstorm ways to adjust to those concerns.
  • Upon completion of the carnival event, add up costs for the event, as well as how much money it made. Calculate how much profit the carnival generated.