- Create a cone shaped;
- Create with geometric and organic shapes;
- Explain their process; and
- Express opinions about the works.
SANTA ORNAMENT – 2-D and 3-D Shapes
Wrap a piece of red 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm ((9" x 12") construction paper into a cone shape. Use Crayola Washable Glue to fasten the edge of the paper.
Cut the bottom of the cone off at about the half way mark. Cut in a straight line. Save the left over paper for the hat.
Measure a piece of white construction paper to make a rectangle 2.5 cm x 6 cm (1" x 2.4"). Cut it out and glue it around the top of the cone about 1.5 cm (1/2") from the top of the cone.
About halfway down the cone poke a wooden skewer through both sides of the paper. This will make holes so you can insert the arms.
Feed a pipe cleaner through the holes to make Santa's arms.
Cut 8 - 10 pieces of white construction paper into .5 cm x 4 cm (.2" x 1.5") strips. Use the wooden skewer to roll the strips into curls for the hair and beard.
Glue the beard and hair onto Santa.
Draw a tall, thin triangle with a 4 cm (1.5") base and about 8 cm (3") tall on a piece of the scrap red construction paper. This will be Santa's hat. Cut it out and glue in onto Santa. Fold the top of the hat over.
Add details to Santa. Think about things you can add to make your Santa unique, for example,
- googly eyes
- cotton ball trim
Use a hole punch to make a hole through the top of the cone behind Santa's hat. Feed through string to make a hanger.
- Have students find examples of the various shapes in their home. Provide time for them to share what they have found with each other.
- Give students the opportunity to create their own character ornaments and share them with the class.
- Gather all materials listed under requirements.
- Display books about different winter celebrations in your class. For example, Santa's Big Night, by Lindsey Scott, Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, The Night Before Christmas, by Charles Santore, The Story of Hanukkah, by David A. Adler, Latke, the Lucky Dog (Hanukkah), by Ellen Fischer, Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah, by Tilda Balsley, Divali as I knew it in Trinidad, by Nalini Bissambhar - Sankar, Diwali: A Cultural Adventure, by Sana Sood, Diwali! (Amma, Tell Me About), by Bhakti Mathur, Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa, by Donna L. Washington, Together for Kwanzaa, by Juwanda G. Ford, Seven Days Of Kwanzaa, by Angela Shelf Medearis
- Discuss winter celebrations with students. Encourage them to share their own experiences.
- List the ways winter celebrations are similar. For example, light (candles), gifts, special foods, gathering with family and friends, special symbols and colours.
- Have students look at a variety of images related to celebrations. Focus on the ways Santa Claus has been portrayed.
- Introduce the challenge.
- Create a 3-dimensional cone out of construction paper.
- Measure and draw geometric shapes.
- Use the creative process to design a unique Santa with the cone as a base.
- Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
- Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.
- Ensure that all materials are readily available.
- Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
- Observe students as they work.
- Provide individual assistance and encouragement.
- Place students into small groups.
- Ask them to:
- Compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects.
- Talk about what they found difficult and what they found easy.
- Share ideas with the whole class.
- Ask them to tell how they felt about doing this project.
- Create a tree in the class using a fallen or pruned branch from outside. Display the ornaments on your classroom tree.
- Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
- Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
- Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - SANTA_tracking.pdf)
- Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - SANTA_self-assessment.pdf)