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March 15, 2021 | Heather Palmer Welesko
The third grade is celebrating their studies of notable Americans. We have already featured how they write biographies. Now we will showcase their puppet making skills and the three week process this entails.
Students were first asked to draft a sketch of the puppet. They then drafted a sketch of what their puppet would be wearing. Then they formed their puppet’s head out of clay, and added divots to form the eyes. They attached those heads to sticks and painted them, practicing matching skin tone and adding details. Next, each puppet needed clothes. Finally, the puppets were accessorized.
Below are some before and after photos of some of the puppets. This process required not merely artistic skill, but also the ability to plan, time manage, persevere, and take advice. Students needed to think flexibly. They worked mostly independently, but also took time to help each other. The puppet making is one of the crowns of the show 🙂