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Leafy Gold Jewelry

Create unique gold jewelry with nature's finest leaves. Add Crayola® Model Magic® and gold Premier Tempera for a striking keepsake or gift.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. During a unit of study on weather and seasons, invite students to collect fallen leaves of various shapes and textures. Encourage students to select only those that are safe to handle and to wash their hands when returning indoors.
    2. Provide time for students to identify each leaf collected for the lesson. When this task is complete, ask students to each choose one leaf. Students will flatten a small piece of Crayola Model Magic and shape it to fit the form of their selected leaves. Then ask students to cover their work area with recycled newspaper.
    3. To make a pin: Students paint the back of their leaf with gold Crayola Premier Tempera Paint. Firmly press or roll it into the Model Magic. Carefully peel the leaf away. Dry overnight. On the back, attach a jewelry pin or safety pin with Crayola School Glue. Dry before wearing.
    4. To make a pendant: Students place a dab of glue on the back of their leaf. Press it firmly into the Model Magic. Brush a light coat of gold tempera on top of the leaf and around the edges. Dry. Punch a hole in the pendant. Thread ribbon through the opening and tie before wearing.
  • Standards

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of grade level text's complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

    LA: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

    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.

    SCI: Ask questions about what organisms obtain from the environment and what they release as waste matter back into the environment.

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

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

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Top Secret by John Reynolds Grandiner; Respiration and Photosynthesis by Donna Latham; Photosynthesis: Changing Sunlight into Food by Bobbie Kalman

    Students research the process of photosynthesis and organize research into an electronic format.

    Students extend the lesson on leaf prints by creating personalized wrapping paper and cards with gold Crayola Premier Tempera. This can be extended to making books covers with various sizes and shapes of leaves.


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