It's winter now and the nights are long, dark, and starry. I found this lesson on the Eric Carle web site in the resource section called Caterpillar Exchange. http://www.eric-carle.com/catexchange.html There are a lot of lessons linked to Eric Carle books here and this one, based on Draw Me A Star, fit in well with my thoughts about winter and with the geometric shapes that my youngest artists have been looking at, working with, and thinking about this month. The lesson is listed as a two day lesson plan, but it took us three days to complete.
I did this lesson with grades K, 1 and 2.
To begin the lesson we talked about how to draw a star. Some kids knew how to, some didn't. We tried to decide if there was just one way to draw a star, or if we could draw stars in many different ways. We decided there were lots of ways to draw a star. We looked at the front and back cover of the book and noticed the different stars and then read the book.
On the second day, kids selected a few strips and a piece of 9X12 colored paper. The glue pots came out and kids snipped and glued the bits of shiny painted paper to their construction paper. We started in the center and worked out toward the edges. At the end of class these too were set on the drying rack.
On the third day kids flipped their paper over. They used chalk to draw a star on the back. We could tell where the foil was because the paper was "puffy". When kids were satisfied with their star they cut it out. They chose a new paper color and glued their paper once again. They made a "copy cat cut" around their star to add the little border, punched a hole, added a string, and went happily home.