Friday, November 13, 2009

Recycled Material Birds - a work in progress!

We are working on a BIG collaborative unit between grade levels in the art room at Briargrove. Each day of the rotation is studying a different habitat - the desert, arctc tundra, tropical rainforest, deciduous forest, grasslands and wetlands. Every grade level is working to represent a different part of the habitiat. Fourth grade is working on creating the birds for their habitat out of found and recycled materials. Here a few sneak peeks at the works in progress!


Each sculpture is based on a unique, real bird; each is being made by one student. Once the structures are complete, the students will begin working on adding "feathers". More to come...

9 comments:

cats said...

HI - I love what you are doing recycling with the kids and what they are making. I am wondering what kind of glue are they using to attach things?

thank you -

Katie Gonzalez said...

We are mainly using hot glue. I set up stations around the room with glue guns - two at each station. The students are allowed to use them after a long safety talk. Of course I always tell them that if they are unsure of how to glue something without the tip of the gun getting near their fingers to let me glue it for them. I would much rather get burned than one of my students! I have about 24 4th graders in each class. So far it has worked out great, and they have been very responsible. Some of the students are also using clear tape for joining things like toilet paper rolls. Also, some students have been adding cotton balls as feathers for their arctic birds and they have been using Elmer's glue for that.
Hope this info helps!

cats said...

Hi - Thanks for your response. First graders at my school are studying trash in their homeroom, and I'd really like to do a project with them recycling stuff. I've been trying to think how to attach things together without using glue guns at this age level. So much of this stuff is plastic...
By the way, I love how you plan your classes. I tried out the centers for studying lines with Kinder. They liked so much working this way, that I've continued setting centers for each class. Now we are studying circles. Arhg, I'd love to share with you what they have been doing... I don't have a blog ;)

thanzx!

Katie Gonzalez said...

I will post some more of our recycled material units as soon as I can. That might give you some other ideas. One thing I'm working on right now with kinder is a relief sculpture where the students are gluing recycled materials to cardboard cereal-type boxes. They are using Elmer's glue. It's working out well so far! Also, clear tape, masking tape, and colored duct tape work wonders!

Have you checked out my other blog about going green in the art room? You can find a link to it at the top of my blog on the left side.

I'm glad that the centers worked out for your classes! I'd love to hear/see more. Start a blog!!!!!!!!!!!! It's such a great tool for sharing, and an effective way to advocate what goes on in your classroom!

Holly V. said...

These will be wonderful when they are finished. Can't wait for you to post the finished products.

Zach Stoller said...

Katie - These are totally cool. I'm hoping to do something similar this year.

Snippety Gibbet said...

I love these, Katie. Very cool! I'm totally going to have to use this idea. jan

Katie Gonzalez said...

Thanks Yall! The kids have had an amazing time - me too! Working on documenting finished birds, can't wait to post more!

Anonymous said...

weldbond glue works really well with plastics - it's also non-toxic!