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Make up a story or tell one you already know by illustrating it on recycled CDs! Students create a traditional Sioux story stick with an environmentally friendly twist!
Invite students to think of a story/legend they know or make up one. What are the three most important events, one each in the beginning, middle, and end of the story? Figure out how one could illustrate these three events on recycled CDs. For example, you may want to show the sun in the morning when the story begins, in the afternoon when something else happens, and then the moon shining as the day ends.
This is one way for students to create a prop-- much like a Sioux story stick--to retell their stories. Select Crayola Premier™ Tempera Paint colors. Consider how one or more Crayola Tempera Mixing Mediums (Texture It!, Pearl It!, Glitter It!) would enhance the scene. Glitter might add sparkle to the sun or moon while soil or rocks would look great with texture.
Students cover their painting area with recycled newspaper. On a small paper plate or other palette, students use a brush to mix small amounts of the paint with the mediums you chose. Dab the paint on the CDs for a thick, dimensional look! Air-dry the CDs overnight.
To add details, students gently scratch off designs with the end of a paintbrush. Cut yarn with Crayola Scissors into 3 different lengths. Tape yarn on the back of each CD with masking tape. Tie CDs in the correct sequence to hang down from a stick, either one found or a dowel stick.
Students tell their stories by explaining what is happening in each picture. Remind them to be certain to provide details about in-between events that only words can express!
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