Monday, February 25, 2013

Hands-On Extravaganza

The student becomes the master...

It's that time of year, when hands-on projects converge.  Students in my fourth grade class are studying Native Californian tribes. Each student wrote a research report and created a coiled basket. Baskets were very important to the tribes that we're studying. They used baskets for cooking, gathering, and for storage. Some tribes created traps for catching fish using their basket weaving techniques. The Pomo tribe of Northern California, took decorative storage basket making to a whole new level. They used feathers, shells, and beads for decoration.

The first round of Cup Swap projects are out of the kiln, and are ready to be glazed on Friday. The second round of Cup Swap offerings are cooling right now, as I type. There's going to be a lot of glazing going on in Room #23. It's always exciting when the kids start making color choices for their cups. My glazed cups are in the load that is cooling. I can't wait to make some sweet trades!

First bisque fired cups...

Student baskets...

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