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Old 08-01-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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Last year I had my students make goal pennants and I hung them up on the wall around the room. This year, I want to have my kids make dream flags. I think they'll look so great hanging across our room. I bought the canvas and the acrylic paints already and now I'm trying to type up the directions. I want there to be some writing involved and then a large symbol of their hope or dream for this year, but I'm having trouble piecing this together. Has anyone else done this? Any ideas? Thanks!


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Whoever Cathy Cassidy is, she stole my idea! I have been making those for years.

I model them after Tibetan Prayer flags. The idea behind those is that they hang outside until they fade and fall apart- at which time the prayer comes true. They hang just like those flags she described.

I have a picture of mine from way back 9 years ago when I did student teaching. They stay up all year. I have done them every year since.

I let them design it however they want and they vary. Sometimes, depending on the age I am teaching, I give guided prompts. I have found it's actually hard for kids to do a full writing piece on what they hope for, as it's a big concept for them to consider. Most of the time, they end up writing at least a paragraph on their own, just after the discussion of what the flags will be representing.

If I give prompts, I say things like the following, and let them choose a few that "speak to them."

I hope to do:
I hope to learn:
I want to try:
I wish I could:
I want to have:

One year, I did do a circular design, which they filled it, but I think they turn out more interesting when everyone does their own thing.
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Thank you!
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for the amazing back to school idea. I have been stuck and this is absolutely perfect. I teach 5th grade and was thinking of brainstorming, then having kids web their ideas, and sticking with a single paragraph. So excited
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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Kermit, yours look great! Thanks for the ideas. This is going to be fun! I got some acrylic paint today. Is that what you use?
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paper question
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What type of paper did you use? When I looked at the directions from Cathy Cassidy, it says to use A3 paper. I have never heard of that before, but I would like to have my students make a dream flag.


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Here's a chart
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with paper conversions.

http://www.dpandi.com/paper/index.html


It looks like our size would be 11 x 17. However, I think you could make this project work with other sizes.
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