Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First Grade Clay Turtles

I got this idea from my fabulous friends Martha and Katie.  I loved teaching this clay lesson to my eager first graders.  They were surprisingly aware of endangered animals and of turtles!  I learned some cool facts myself.

After making a pinch pot, we discussed how to add clay (slip, score and smooth).  We made long coils for them to cut into pieces for their legs (flippers), tail and head.  Some spheres were also used as heads.  Lastly, they used a bunch of different texture tools to create awesome designs on their turtles.

The glazing part was the last step before the turtles went into the kiln for the last time.  Here's the super cool animals now:

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