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This Week's Activity:
Art Activity: End of Year Collage
MATERIALS — Items for collage: newspaper, magazines, colored paper, photographs, construction paper, glue
A collage is a piece of art made by gluing different kinds of materials onto a backing. In the story, Sebastian’s Roller Skates, the illustrator uses torn paper to represent Sebastian’s feelings in the book. In the beginning of the story, Sebastian is shy and quiet. His thoughts are represented by black, gray, and white torn paper collages. As the story moves on and Sebastian begins to talk, his thoughts are represented by colorful bright collages.
Make a collage reflecting upon the school year using the materials you gathered. The pieces should overlap and no white background should be showing. Tear the paper into small pieces and use the torn pieces of paper to glue into a picture of your choosing to create your collage.
This Week's Conversation Starter/Writing Prompt:
Why are some people shy? What can help them overcome this?
Suggested Reading Lists
Need some help finding that “just right” book? Look at these suggestions from teachers and students across the country.
The students at the Center for Teaching and Learning, an internationally recognized demonstration school, publishes an annual list of grade level suggestions. Teachers, parents, and students may use this list as a guide toward great selections. Click here.
Are you looking for a good book to read? Each month independent booksellers across the country choose their favorite selections and write a short, descriptive review. Be sure to consult the current Kids Next List as well as previous lists. Click here.
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, connecting educators and families through accessibility, engagement, and expertise. Below is a link for parents and students to access Scholastic book lists and recommendations. Click here.
Links for Enrichment:
(Live animals) Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo
Saturn 5 Rocket (Video)
Great Wall of China (Tour)
Boston Children’s Museum (Tour)