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The Magic String

Inspired by Susan Karnovsky's "Billy and the Magic String", students will create string illustrations and tell stories about their pictures.

  • Kindergarten
    Pre-Kindergarten
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Read "Billy and the Magic String" by Susan Karnovsky as a read aloud to the class. Ask and answer questions about details and pictures in the text. Students should recognize rhyming words.
    2. Allow students to choose a sheet of 9”x12” (22.8 cm x 30.4 cm) Crayola Construction Paper (any color). Instruct them to write their names on paper and turn it over so the name appears on the back.
    3. Explain that each student will use 24" (609.6 mm) of blue yarn to create their artwork and demonstrate how to measure string using a yard stick. Yard sticks are distributed to groups and students measure strings.
    4. Demonstrates how to dip the string in Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue using a craft stick to push it down. Place the string on the blank paper using craft stick to help place it on paper.
    5. Allow time for glue to dry.
    6. Once the glue is dry, review the story and instruct students to color a story picture around the string using Crayola Twistables Slick Stix. Keep in mind that Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper.
    7. When all students have added objects (the number will vary), instruct students to place Slick Stix in boxes.
    8. Provide time in the school day for students to discuss their artwork. Encourage them to tell the stories of their magic strings.
    9. Student work is displayed in the classroom for peers to view.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

    LA: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

    LA: Recognize common types of texts (e.g.,storybooks, poems).

    LA: Tell a story with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

    MATH: Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight.

    MATH: Describe objects using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

    VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

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

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

  • Adaptations

    Students dictate their stories to be displayed with their pictures.

    Students describe objects in their pictures using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

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