Our Super Antler!

The students in Mrs. Robin’s class visited the art studio to continue to work on their antler project. The last time they visited the art studio, they were able to study an actual elk antler by holding it, discussing its characteristics, and measuring it. After the observation, the students created their own interpretation of elk antlers out of foil.

Today in class, they were presented with a question.

Mrs. Marjon asked the class, “How can we use all of our antlers that we made last class and create one big antler like this Elk antler that is displayed on the table?” The children immediately knew that they would use tape to connect their antlers together to create one big antler. First they measured the Elk antler that was displayed on the table and discovered that it was 33 inches!

At first, each student tried to work independently to combine their antlers. There was some frustration as they tried to figure out how to wrap the tape around their pieces in order to have them stick together. Some were successful with their techniques and other began to loose their patience!

Then, one of the students said that they had to put all of their pieces together to make one big antler; they had to work together! Just like that, the atmosphere suddenly shifted as the students were no longer interested in their own personal projects, but they had one shared goal!

Preston said, “Let all make a SUPER antler!”

Some students cut tape while others held pieces together to wrap. The students were having fun… so much fun that they didn’t realize how long their antler was actually becoming!

Look how long our antler is!

The students’ laughter filled the room! The students could not believe what they were making!

One of the students said, “What if our antler was long enough to wrap around the whole world!?!”

Another student said, “This antler is for a very special elk… a SUPER ELK!”

As educators in a Reggio inspired school, this is one of the most inspirational moments in a student directed project. To see the children find so much pride and joy from something that they made… what amazing creativity!

After the children finish attaching all of the antlers, we needed to find out how long our SUPER antler was!

107 inches! That is 74 inches bigger than the real elk antler in the art studio!

After the foil structure was complete, the students were presented with paper mache!

They were both excited and hesitant to dip their hands into the gooey mixture.

Check out these faces!

The students were able to start wrapping their 107 inch antler with paper mache today in the studio. We have so much more to go and the students can’t wait to come back to art class! Check back with us and see how our foil antler evolves into a SUPER antler!

This activity accomplishes the following learning goals:

*  The student develops and organizes ideas from the environment. The student is expected to:

(A)  glean information from the environment, using the five senses; and

(B)  identify colors, textures, forms, and subjects in the environment.

(2)  Creative expression/performance. The student expresses ideas through original artworks, using a variety of media with appropriate skill.

*  The student is expected to:

(A)  create artworks, using a variety of  forms and lines;

(B)  arrange forms intuitively to create artworks; and

(C)  develop manipulative skills when constructing artworks, using a variety of materials.

*  The student is expected to:

(A)  investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats;

*  The student is expected to:

(A)  use measuring tools to measure the length of objects to reinforce the continuous nature of linear measurement;

(B)  illustrate that the length of an object is the number of same-size units of length that, when laid end-to-end with no gaps or overlaps, reach from one end of the object to the other;

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