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Your Caring Words Stick!

Students get to know each other better when they create a 3-D self-portrait.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Discuss with students why is it sometimes hard to appreciate the compliments that friends and family share about us. Often we only recall the negative comments without letting the positive ones stick. Creating a self-portrait is a good way to collect caring accolades and see yourself in a more positive light.
    2. As students sculpt, remind them to recall the kind words that have been said about them. With Crayola Colored Pencils, students write the words on small strips of construction paper.
    3. With a handful of colorful Crayola Model Magic® Naturals, shape a torso, legs, and arms. Make these body parts by rolling "snakes" and then compressing or lengthening them. Just press them together, because Model Magic fresh from the pack sticks to itself.
    4. Design the clothing in your favorite colors—a sweater or jacket, pants or a skirt. Make shoes to balance your figure. Press the clothing on your figure. If the Model Magic starts to dry, attach it with Crayola School Glue.
    5. Roll more Model Magic Naturals into a ball. Shape a face by pinching and adding small bits for your nose and lips. Give yourself hair, perhaps with thin Model Magic rolls. Form hands and neck, too. Attach these parts to your sculpture. Air-dry your sculpture for at least 24 hours.
    6. Attach tiny pieces of fastener tape to the figure. Place the opposite side of the pieces on your compliment cards. Attach the cards to the figure. When there is a new compliment, make a new card and add it to the sculpture.
    7. Have students share one or two stories about the compliments they received with the class to help get to know each other.
  • Standards

    LA: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

    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: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies , and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

    SS: Show how learning and physical development affect behavior.

    SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.

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

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Loukoumi's Good Deeds by Nick Katsoris; You Are Helpful (You Are Important Series) by Todd Snow; You Are Important (You Are Important Series) by Todd Snow; You Are Brave (You Are Important Series) by Todd Snow

    Encourage students to work in teams of two to sculpt each other. Attach terms that describe the other person. Discuss the terms. Does the teammate agree?

    Invite the school counselor to visit with the class to discuss the power of affirmations. Prior to the visit, students compose questions for the counselor. Afterwards, students post learning to a class blog.

    Encourage students to create an affirmation box for the classroom. Set aside time in each school day for students to write complements about one or more of their classmates. Insert them in the box. On Friday afternoons, or Monday mornings, set aside a couple of minutes of class time to have the compliments read aloud.


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