With a Hollywood themed prom in the works, I wasn't sure how best to honor our senior class, but it didn't take long to decide that the way to make them "stars" was to put them in the same films clips as Hollywood's golden era celebrities. I printed out horizontal black and white images of Liz Taylor, Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin etc. I also found movie scenes such Casa Blanca, King Kong, and Citizen Cane. Then I took pictures of each of our seniors and printed those out in black and white. Long pieces of black bulletin board paper were cut into strips that were 14 or 15 inches wide. (It may have been cut in half, because I don't remember any scraps). Then I used a glue stick to adhere each image down the middle with about an inch in between, and small, cut-up white rectangles of paper to boarder each side and make it recognizable as a film strip. I ended up laminating each 8 foot strip, knowing that it would make it easier to keep from getting wrinkled when hanging, and it makes it look more like plastic film, then bulletin board and copy paper. This kind of decoration added a personal touch and students were able to pose next to their image during the big night.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Thursday, May 11, 2023
As a kid in the 70's we still created paper flower baskets to give away on the first of May. May Day was also our school field day, so it was something we looked forward to all year. While May 1st is celebrated as Workers Right Day (also called May Day) around the world, our country celebrates those rights on Labor Day. In either case, I like to pause with gratitude for an 8 (rather than 16) hour work day, AND for the renewal of Spring!
I read the NPR article on May Basket Day traditions to my students and we discussed the ever changing traditions in the history of our country. https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/04/30/402817821/a-forgotten-tradition-may-basket-day
Then we got busy making our own paper flowers and May Baskets to leave on someone's doorknob or to put in vases to share on tables. Holiday celebrations and gift giving are great motivators for students and I found that as they worked, their demeanors became more cheerful to matched their bright bouquets.
We're focusing our last Art Unit on our beloved Planet. Earth Day, Arbor Day, and May Day all of which roll up to keeping our world clean, planting trees and celebrating seasonal changes.
As a bonus science portion of our lesson, we created tactile cloud charts with cotton balls and feathers. Students labeled their clouds in Braille or Large Print. Score a point for cross-curriculum lessons and kids with visual impairments learning through hands-on learning.