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Sparkling Seasonal Symbols

Invite your students to create chains of charms to show symbols of the seasons.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Invite students to study the changing seasons in temperate climates and in the area where they live. While learning about the different seasons, suggest children associate something with each season. For instance, in winter, you might choose snowflakes and ice skates. In spring, you might think of flowers and baby birds. Write the words and sketch pictures of these seasonal associations on a classroom white board with Crayola® Dry Erase Markers.
    2. Distribute Crayola Model Magic to students for use in making four shapes, one to represent each season. Students will use the end of a Crayola Watercolor Brush to press images into the shapes. Allow time for Model Magic shapes to air-dry.
    3. Use Crayola Washable Markers to color the impressed images on each shape.
    4. Ask students to cover their work space with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Watercolors and brushes to paint the top surface of the shapes so the darker, interior shapes show through. Air-dry.
    5. Students decorate the medallions with Crayola Washable Glitter Glue. Dry.
    6. Have students push a chenille stick through the corners of the shapes. Adult assistance may be required for some students. Twist the strips together. Wear as medallions or display with other decorative seasonal items.
  • Standards

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

    LA: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

    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: Obtain information about different climatic areas to predict typical weather conditions expected in a particular season in a given area.

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

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Weather (The World Around Me) by Magic Books; Clouds by Anne Rockwell; Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley; Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley; Seasons (The World Around Me) by Magic Books

    Encourage students to make several shapes for each season and decorate them. Hang the shapes from the classroom ceiling to easily view as you enter the doorway.

    Students select one symbol from each season. Use Crayola Model Magic to create a 3-D sculpture of the selected symbol. Display these in the classroom.

    Working in small groups, student write a story that take place during a selected favorite season. Students illustrate a significant scene from their story using symbols from the season. Photograph or scan the illustration into a classroom computer. Students collaborate to audio record their original story and attach the audio file to the digital illustration file.


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