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Fly to be the Best YOU Can Be!

Help children develop as leaders and build self-confidence as they create colorful kites with the idea that they can fly anywhere and be anything, thus charting their own path.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. During a unit of study focused on self-identity, encourage students to discover their personal strengths and dreams for the future. Ask students what attributes they identify as unique to their individual. This whole class or small group discussion should include such aspects as physical descriptors (face, hair, eye color, family make-up); things they like to do (ride bicycles, look at books, swim, cook); or things they are interested in becoming (firefighter, teacher, artist, athlete, etc.). Using Crayola Dry-Erase Markers or Dry-Erase Crayons, record their ideas on a classroom white board. These will be used for future discussions and sharing when their artwork is complete.
    2. Challenge students to think of how they can use their own strengths in unique, positive ways. Encourage the sharing of these ideas with peers. Using these identified strengths, ask how can they give back and contribute to the class? Their school? Their families? The community? What evidence of their giving back to the class, school, family, and community will be visible as part of their world?
    3. Introduce kites and have students share what they know about these instruments of flight. Challenge students to describe how this toy flies, how it moves when flying, how it is controlled when in flight, and how everyone can view it when in the air.
    4. A kite can stand out, can be a dash of color in the sky, and can dance on the wind. Ask students to discuss each aspect of the kite. Share with them that, like kites, people all have the capability to do the same - stand out, be a dash of color, move in intentional or dancing patterns and be visible for all to see. It is important that we show WHO we are and HOW we interact with our environment/world as a leader and being the BEST selves we can be!
    5. Once student discussion appears to have concluded, read You're Here for A Reason by Nancy Tillman. Point out the kite in the story as a transitional image that carries the reader from one page to another and how the tails seem to add to the environment, becoming a part of something else. Encourage students to share their reactions to the story.
    6. Next, ask students to use Crayola Construction Paper Crayons, or regular crayons, and 9" x 9" (22.86 cm x 22.86 cm) construction paper to draw images, patterns, etc. that they identify with in regard to individuality and leadership. If able, students may also include words that tell who they are. Students will be asked to create a small paper kite with colorful tails. This artwork is to be decorated with their images, patterns or words that display to the world how THEY (the students) will stand out as a leader and WHO they are.
    7. DIRECTIONS FOR KITE CREATION: Fold a 9" x 9" (22.86 cm x 22.86 cm) square piece of construction paper in diagonal folds by touching the opposite corners and pressing; this creates triangular quarters, thus creating the image of a diamond kite. You may choose to have these pieces already cut, have templates for student to trace then cut using Crayola Blunt-Tip Scissors, or have student measure and cut the construction paper.
    8. Use Crayola Crayons and Markers to create images illustrate the child's identity. This should include images that the child has chosen to illustrate as his or her identity. Also consider having students: -draw a self-portrait using Crayola Multicultural Crayons; -create patterns using Triangular or Construction Paper Crayons and rubbing plates of symbols, shapes and patterns made with Crayola glue; -write their names using Triangular or Construction Paper Crayons and rubbing plates of the alphabet, using Crayola No-Run School Glue; and -use Crayola Markers and Crayons to draw a picture of a career they would like to pursue.
    9. NOTE: Prior to the lesson, students and/or teachers can create original rubbing plates by using Crayola No-Run School Glue and a mat board. Draw the image/letter and outline with glue. Allow 3 days to dry completely.
    10. To create the ‘diamond’ kite illusion, have students pinch the bottom of the 9” square of construction paper and staple. Then students are able to add pre-cut, colorful tissue paper strips to the ‘pinched’ area of the kite, thus fashioning the tail. NOTE: When tissue paper becomes wet, the color can become a staining dye. Allow kites to dry prior to adding the tissue paper tails.
    11. If additional materials are available, provide students with extra matching ribbon or paper strips to share with a friend. Remind them when they share to include something special that makes them who they believe they are as an individual and how they can add to our world in a positive way.
  • Standards

    LA: With prompting and support,ask and answer questions about key details in text.

    LA: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners LAabout grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.

    SCI: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.

    SS: Describe personal changes over time, such as those related to physical development and personal interests.

    VA: Describe what an image represents.

    VA: Create art that tells a story about a life experience.

  • Adaptations

    Additional literature sources to consider: Whoever You Are by Mem Fox; The Dot by Peter Reynolds.

    Encourage students to create colorful images using Crayola Watercolor Paints. Allow artwork to dry completely prior to folding and attaching tails.

    Display kites by pinning them to a bulletin board with photographs of artists either attached to the end of the tails or near their kites. Include a transcribed written artist statement explaining the meaning behind their image(s).

    An alternate display can be created hanging the kites from strings from the classroom ceiling, or attaching a clothesline across the room with the tails flying in the breeze as daily reminders that students can also 'dance' in the wind as they become the best they can be.


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