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School Days Picture

Invite students to create one-of-a-kind picture frames for school photos to give as a gift or display at home.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Provide students with rulers to measure their school pictures. Using Crayola® Scissors, students cut heavy paper or cardboard to adhere to the back of pictures. Advise students to leave a wide border all around photos in order to make a frame around it.
    2. Have students mount pictures in the middle of the backing using a Crayola Glue Stick. If so desired, encourage children to decorate the area closest to their photos using Crayola Crayons.
    3. Have a variety of colors of Crayola Model Magic available. Students will use this to form a border around their pictures. Damp Model Magic will stick to itself. Children can easily press the sections together. Borders can be added around the edges of the frame. Small replicas of sports equipment, music notes, or other symbols of student talents can be created to add individuality to frames.
    4. If students wish to add words or numerals to their artwork, demonstrate how to roll a contrasting color of Model Magic into snakes. Students can spell their names, their school's name, or the year, for example. The completed term can gently be pressed onto damp frames. Allow time for frames to air-dry.
    5. Use Crayola School Glue to attach the frame to mounted photos. Again allow time for frames to air-dry. Artwork is now ready to wrap as a gift—or to keep as a memory of the school year.
  • Standards

    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.

    LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    MATH: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm, kg, g; lb, z; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit.

    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.

    SS: Identify roles as learned behavior patterns in groups situations such as student, family member, peer play group member, or club member.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Have available in the classroom a wide range of biographies appropriate for your grade level.

    Encourage students to read a self-selected biography of a famous person. Organize research on selected personality into a summary paragraph. Draw a portrait of personality and place it in a student-created frame. Include on the frame sculpted pieces that represent the important aspect of that person's life.

    Students work in teams of two. Sketch a portrait of your teammate. Using student-created questions, interview teammate. Use information gathered during the interview to create a frame representing the interests of the teammate. Sketch a portrait of your teammate using Crayola Colored Pencils and place it in the original frame. Display it in the classroom.


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