March 29, 2011

Clay Pinch Pot Fish - 1st Grade


This semester I have practicum students from MTSU.  I've never taken on practicum students...I've only had student teachers.  It's interesting because this is truly their first experience teaching real live students!!! One of my practicum students decided he'd like to try a clay lesson with my 1st graders.  I thought that was wonderfully ambitious, so I gave him the green light.  Usually I do a pinch pot lesson with 1st grade, but as we talked through the lesson...we decided to spice it up a bit.  I had seen teacher do the pinch pot fish before, but had never tried it myself.  It reminded me a lot of the book.. The Pout-Pout Fish(so funny if you've not read it..great lesson ideas).  So the practicum students only come on Mondays & Wed....I'm left to teach the lesson the rest of the week.  These are some of the results from todays 1st grade....LOVE THEM!!!  Totally gonna be a new yearly lesson!!

10 comments:

  1. I love these! Those fish have definite personalities. Great work by the students!

    Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

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  2. I must have been channeling you - just posted step-by-step directions on my blog this past weekend! I learned it from a colleague years ago...what goes around, comes around I guess!

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  3. I do this same lesson with my 3rd grade and they love it!

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  4. How do you plan on glazing these? I meant to ask... My first graders loved it!

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  5. Hey Wes, not going to glaze them...they are going to paint them with acrylic paint.

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  6. Ted, did you use air dry clay or do you have a kiln? Or are they model magic? I LOVE THESE!!

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  7. Just revisiting some of my bookmarks and saw that I already commented (tee hee), but now I thought of a question!- Did you teach your 1st graders to score and slip? How did you make sure no pieces would fall off?

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  8. Hannah...I do teach scoring but we do not use slip. I've had not so great experiences with little ones and slip. It ends up being a bigger mess and the pieces get so soft and squeeshie.

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