Contest Winner: Lincoln’s Memorial Writing Craftivity!
*a picture of Lincoln’s Memorial to share with students
*glue stick or double sided tape
*1 jumbo craft stick or make pattern on construction paper by double size a regular craft stick
*1 sheet of brown construction paper for building
*1 sheet of light tan or grey construction paper for behind columns in building
*1 sheet of marble-looking printing paper or white bond (copy) paper for columns (to flip up)
*scraps of green construction paper for shrubs
This project is good for students in 2nd grade through 5th grade. This activity can be cross curricular if students measure each piece of paper to the specified size and cut, or the teacher can prepare in advance so students can make collage.
With the brown construction paper in a horizontal position, cut paper 1 in from the top and 2 in from left and right, so you can make the façade of the building. Draw two lines, each 1 cm from the shortest edge (new edge after cuts) of the paper, to make it look more real. On top rectangle, students can write the title and on those two lines, they can write the objective or a main idea sentence.
From the grey or light tan construction paper, cut two rectangles of 3.5 in by 4.5 in, paste on left and right sides of building, to make it look as inside walls (behind columns, in real memorial building). Using the jumbo craft stick or the pattern made out of a regular craft stick (2x the size), trace columns out of the marble-looking paper or the white printing paper. Fold the paper in half horizontally, so you can trace and cut 2 columns at once, then cut them in half (to have two columns per trace). You need 12 columns per student. Before gluing this columns, I traced on pencil the columns on the light tan or gray paper, so students can see the space they have to write each sentence according to the objective of the lesson (I asked my 2nd graders to write 4 facts about Abraham Lincoln and 4 questions they would like to ask him). This is the space that is going to be covered by the flip columns made out of copy paper. They will put 3 or 4 columns per rectangle, and 3 or 4 columns in the middle left brown area of the original brown construction paper. This is the open area of the memorial’s building. Once the students had written sentences (on the light tan or grey columns, not the ones made out of copy paper) according to your lesson, they can glue the copy paper columns on top of the light tan or gray paper sentences, but glue ONLY the top of each column, so students can lift the column and share their work with others as well as with the principal or family members. Now is time to do some gardening. Using the green construction paper scraps, cut shrubs-looking shapes (straight right and left side and bottom, to paste against side of memorial, as well as on top of steps, and curvy on the other side, to look like a shrub), 2 per student, paste one on each side of the memorial, and then draw 3-4 lines of 1 cm each from the edge of the light tan or grey rectangles, to make it appear as steps going up to the memorial’s building. Once the shrubs had been pasted and the sentences written, the craft has been completed. Hopefully your students enjoy learning about Abraham Lincoln’s history as much as I enjoyed making this craft!
Crayola Model Magic
Red, white and blue construction paper
Red, white or blue ribbon
Shiny penny with Abraham Lincoln’s face clearly visible
Give children white model magic to fit into the medal mold
Ask children to press Model Magic into the medal mold
Remove Model Magic and trim around the Model Magic so the medal shape is visible
Have children glue a red, white and blue circle anywhere on the medal mold
Glue a penny with Abraham Lincoln’s face showing anywhere on the medal
Using a small pointed object, make a hole in the Model Magic for a ribbon
When Model Magic dries, string a red, white or blue ribbon through the hole
#11 precision blade
Hygloss silhouette paper
Glue dot runner
Draw or print your design on the white side of your silhouette paper.
Carefully use your craft knife to cut along your design.Remove extra pieces of paper as you cut them.
When finished cutting, use glue dot runner to place small amounts of glue on various places on the white side of silhouette paper.
Carefully apply finished paper cut to card stock of your choice.
Frame. Voila! You’re done.