Learn How to Create a 3-D Sun

Project Title: 3-D Sun

Description: Students create 3-Dimensional suns with handprint cutouts representing solar flares.

Author: Candice

Grade level or Target Age Range: preschool to early elementary

Historical Art Examples or References:Images of the sun and different solar anomalies

Vocabulary: solar flares, solar system, gravity

Materials: glue, colored construction paper, paper plates, markers, crayons, colored pencils, *hole punch, *yarn

Anticipatory Set: Discussion on the sun’s impact

Demo/Directions: (Roughly plan amount of time it takes to do each procedure)

1. Trace and cut out hand stencils. (10 minutes)

Depending on age level, cutting out hand prints may take much longer.

2. Glue hands around the front edge of one paper plate.  (5 minutes)

3. While waiting for glue to dry, decorate the back of the second paper plate. (5-10 minutes)

4. Begin decorating the back of the first paper plate. (5-10 minutes)

5. Glue the undecorated front sides of the two paper plates together. (5 minutes)

*If there is time remaining in class:

6. Punch hole on outer edge of plate and tie yarn through hole so that students can hang their suns. (5 minutes)

Discussion: Life applications; how the lesson might apply to non-art related experiences or other types of knowledge.

  1. What does the sun do for earth?
  2. What is the sun?
  3. Is the sun important to the solar system?

Instructional Reflection: Which instructional tools or strategies interested or helped these students learn? What additional techniques, tools or materials could be used to better support student learning? What adaptations could be made to this lesson for students with different needs levels or skill sets?

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