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Wear Your School Colors

Rah! Rah! Rah! Three cheers for your school. Show your loyalty by creating "spirit wear." Use Crayola Fabric Markers to decorate hats, hair ties, shoelaces, T-shirts—any clothing or accessories you choose.

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

    1. How can you show school spirit? Create your own team-wear on any fabric, such as shirts, hats, or even vests. Here are a few ideas. Before you decorate any clothing, be sure to ask an adult for permission.
    2. Design a Hat. On paper, use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils and your imagination to sketch a design for your hat. Use your school mascot, logo, or initials to create an original design. You can add stars, your name, or your class graduation year, too. These colored pencils erase easily, so try several possibilities.
    3. Place white paper under your hat. Use Crayola Fabric Markers to draw your design on the hat. Air-dry the hat overnight before wearing.
    4. Spiff Up Shoe Laces. On paper, sketch a design for your shoelaces. Use dots, dashes, squares, triangles, stripes, curves, squiggles, blocks, or check.
    5. Place paper under the laces. Use the Fabric Markers to draw your design on the laces. Air-dry the laces overnight before putting them in your shoes.
    6. Decorate Hair Ties. Sketch a design for your hair ties. Use dots, stripes, swirls, checks, hearts, stars, moons, flowers, or any pattern you like.
    7. Using Crayola Scissors, cut a rectangle of plain, light-colored cloth about 4 inches (10 cm) by 6 inches (15 cm). Place paper under the fabric.
    8. Use Crayola Fabric Markers to draw on the fabric. If the cloth is heavy, design both sides. Air-dry the ties overnight.
    9. Fold fabric in half lengthwise. Holding fabric on the fold, cut strips up, but not through, the fold, to form fringe.
    10. Open the fringed material and scrunch it together in the center to form a bow. Tie it securely around the center with string or a rubber band. After the marker dries overnight, you’re ready to wear your ties in your hair.
  • 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: Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

    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: Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.

    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 group situations such as student, family member, peer play group member, or club member.

    SS: Give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change.

    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

    Invite the school counselor to visit with the class and discuss the importance of school spirit and unity among the students and staff. Prior to the visit, students organize questions for the counselor. After the visit, students post learning to a class blog.

    Students consider an original symbol for their school. Sketch the symbol on a large window pane near the main entrance to the school. Use Crayola Window Crayons to create the window image.

    Car magnets are very popular for personal causes. Students design a magnet showing their school symbol and color scheme.

    Encourage students to investigate symbols of their community, state, etc. Create sketches of each and research the history of the symbol. For example, had it been up to Benjamin Franklin, the turkey would be the symbolic bird for the United States. Why did the turkey not receive this honor?


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  • Creativity.
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  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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