I am always on the hunt for quick and easy projects to share with my “fans.” Here’s one that can be recycled and reused throughout the year. It does not require great artistic skills other than tracing a three-leaf clover (in honor of St. Patrick's Day) or any other pattern that you might prefer. It can also be used with a wide range of grade levels by making some slight adjustments to the requirements.
Do I have your attention, or are you the least bit curious? "What is it?" you ask. Well, it’s Word Art! Word Art is when different letters from various materials (magazines, flyers, brochures, etc.) are used to create words. I use Word Art in my classroom to support vocabulary instruction. It never ceases to amaze me how kids will get the biggest kick out of the simplest of things, and this is no exception. They are really serious about creating the words — it actually becomes a competition to see who can find the most words.
You will need magazines, flyers, and types of print with text. I went through my collection of magazines at first, but realized that I was not tapping into all of my resources. I used Class Messenger to communicate with my parents by clicking on the "donate" icon and putting in my request for printed materials from my students.
Create a list of words that you want the students to work with. We are using the second set of our school-wide vocabulary list. My students use a word study journal and are able to access the words from this list. I ramped up this project so it involved not just looking for the word, but to include the synonym and antonym as well.
Have the students look through the word list and plan which words they are going to “create.” This project works so much better if students plan ahead; it cuts down on the search time and creates an atmosphere of purposeful work.
Students collect other materials (pattern, scissors, and glue) needed to complete the activity.
Students organize words to glue onto the pattern and voila — Word Art!
Pearls of Wisdom — Move on from bad days. They happen to everyone. Find moments that highlight something that went well, and remember that tomorrow is another day to improve on and be better.
Do you have any quick, easy, and no-fuss projects that work well in your classroom? If so, please share. I love sharing ideas that make all of our lives easier!