Objective: Children will explore the sense of touch using clay and will make a clay cup.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Prior to the start of the lesson, form a tennis ball–sized piece of clay for each child, place the balls on a waxed-paper–covered baking sheet or tray, and cover with a damp towel until ready for use.
The sense of touch is one of the five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. The sense of touch gives us information about the world around us. When we touch something, we can tell if it feels hot, cold, or in between. We feel things through our skin because it contains touch receptors. The largest concentration of touch receptors is in our fingertips. We can feel temperature, texture, and form with our fingertips.
Pottery, like Cylinder Vase, is an ancient art form that dates back to prehistoric times when early figurines were made from clay. The first use of functional pottery is thought to have been for storing water and food. Humans discovered that clay could be dug up, molded into a shape, and then dried to make it harden. Pottery is made by forming clay into a desired shape and then firing it in a kiln. A kiln is a type of oven that removes the water from the clay and causes it to harden.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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