Objective: Children will explore upcycling by using recycled materials to create sculptures.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Prior to the start of the lesson, cut the cardboard boxes into 6"× 12" pieces for the base of the sculpture – 2 per child; and 4 or 5 irregularly-shaped smaller pieces of cardboard per child. Keep one box intact for the lesson. Cover the tables with newspaper.
Many artists use recycled materials to create artwork. When old products are reused to create something of greater value, they are considered to be upcycled (i.e., old shipping pallets can be used to make furniture). While the concept of upcycling is not a new process, the term originated in the 1990s. Upcycling is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to create art at home and in the classroom.
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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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.
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