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Rubber Ducky

Who doesn’t love a great rubber ducky? In this lesson students are inspired by the rubber duck in popular culture and use that inspiration to create original ducks using Crayola® Model Magic.

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

    1. Introduce the lesson with a variety of rubber duck stories, songs, videos, and actual ducks from popular culture. Examples are “Rubber Ducky” from Sesame Street, YellowRubberDucks.wmv by rfeilbert, which sings about the rubber duck container spill of 1992, and can be found on You Tube (warning: there is a mild curse word at 2:01, easily avoidable with timed volume control). One additional example is 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle with images or actual examples of themed rubber ducks.
    2. Students use Crayola Colored Pencils on white paper to experiment with different drawings of what they feel would be their ideal themed ducks. Beneath their ducks they can write a short sentence on why that duck represents them or their interests. You can provide a template that shows a duck frontal and profile view and students need only add accessories or students can draw ducks from scratch.
    3. Provide students with approximately 1.5 oz. each of yellow Crayola Model Magic. This will be the base of their ducks. Keeping a ¼ of the modeling material aside for wings, students should start by creating a ball; then rolling between their palms elongate the shape to an oval which they can squeeze slightly and bend at 1/3 to create the head and body of their duck. Encourage students to “pull out” a beak and tail by pinching the modeling material from the body of their ducks instead of adding a beak from new material as it will be more solid. Using the reserve yellow, students should create wings to attach to sides of duck.
    4. While the Model Magic duck is still fresh, have students create and attach accessories based on their favorite design choice. Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together. Students should use appropriately colored modeling material. Crayola has many great color choices and Model Magic is easily mixed to create any tint or shade possible. If it is not possible to get enough color choices, students can use white for their accessories and then add color with Crayola Acrylic Paint or markers once the Model Magic is dry.
  • Standards

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

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

    VA: Employ organizational structures and analyze what makes them effective or not effective in the communication of ideas.

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

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture.

    SS: Explore factors that contribute to one’s personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.

  • Adaptations

    Research and map at least 10 locations where rubber ducks were found after a shipping container spilled almost 30, 000 ducks into the ocean in 1992. Do a study unit on tides and ocean currents to explain how the ducks travelled so far.

    Organize a local duck race to raise money for the school or charitable cause to teach concepts such as Mathematics (ticket sales), civic responsibility (clean-up, awareness), art (ticket design), science (buoyancy, speed, trajectories, etc).

    Have students imagine their duck got “lost” on the ocean. Have them create a piece of writing documenting the event, either as diary or journal entries or an adventure story.


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