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Bird of Peace

People around the world are working for peace. Create this universally recognized symbol of harmony as a reminder of what you can do to help.

  • Grade 6
    Grades 7 and 8
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask students if they have heard the saying "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem"? What can be done to promote peace? Can the world be a peaceful place if there is fighting? If people are inconsiderate to strangers? If there is gossiping about others? Discuss with students how they can work toward harmony every day.
    2. Create a paper mâché Bird of Peace to remember the need to practice peace every day.
    3. Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Crumple up a piece of recycled newspaper into a large ball. This will be the bird's body.
    4. Tear more newspaper into strips. Mix Crayola® School Glue and water in equal parts. Coat strips with glue mixture. Cover crumpled newspaper completely with two layers of papier mâché. Dry.
    5. Roll newspaper into a small ball and tape to body for the bird's head. Apply two or more layers of newspaper to shape into a bird. Dry.
    6. Paint the bird with Crayola Paint Brushes and Washable Tempera. Add details such as a beak, feathers, and eyes. Dry.
    7. Decorate with Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.
    8. Poke a partially unfolded paper clip into the bird's back. Pull to secure it. Attach yarn to the clip to hang.
  • Standards

    LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    SS: Give examples of and explain groups and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.

    SS: Show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.

    VA: Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts.

  • Adaptations

    Students observe symbols that they meet in everyday life and identify the meaning of each symbol and its origins. Research should be organized into a class electronic presentation and saved to a classroom computer for viewing.

    Students research the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. They may choose to extend this research by choosing a winner of the prize and reading about the reasons for the awarding of the medal. Students can organize their research into a hand-written or word processed summary and include a sketch of the winner(s) to accompany the summary. Post in classroom.


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