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Crackled Batik Book Covers

Cover books in style! Students will know which books are theirs with these unique crackled, crayon-resist batik book covers.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Do your students ever have trouble finding their book? With this unique batik-look cover, they will always find it in a flash!
    2. Students measure the paper. Lay a book open and flat on a large, heavy paper or a recycled brown bag. With Crayola® Colored Pencils, mark the paper so that it is at least 2 inches (5 cm) wider than the book on all sides. Cut on the lines with Crayola scissors.
    3. Students design the cover. Color one side of the paper with Crayola Twistables or Crayons. Press hard so the colors are bright and vibrant. Lighter colors will show best on the crackled cover.
    4. Students crumple the paper tightly in their hands and then smooth it out.
    5. Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Use black Crayola Watercolors to paint over the drawing. The color will go into the cracks. Blot paint with a paper towel. Air-dry the cover.
    6. Students cover their book. Lay the drawing colored side down. Open the book and place it on the paper. With a Crayola Colored Pencil, draw a line where the top and bottom edges of the book rest on the paper. Remove the book. Fold the paper on those lines.
    7. Replace the open book on the paper. Fold the sides over the sides of the book. Make a sharp crease in each of these folds. Open the folds and place the book inside.
    8. Close the book carefully, allowing it to ease into the cover. To help keep the cover on your book, tape the folded pieces to each other.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

    LA: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

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

    VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

    VA: Know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures.

  • Adaptations

    Investigate the history of batik designs and their region of origin. What types of fabric are used to create a batik design? What tools are used in the design process? In your own words, describe the process of crating a batik design.

    Work in small groups to create a batik-like background for a classroom bulletin board. Posted on the board will be student research on the batik process, as well as examples of batik designs created by students.


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