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Students explore world cultures by creating arts and crafts projects. In this Chinese New Year lesson, students identify the differences in time between the U.S. New Year and a Chinese New Year celebration. Students create culturally significant Chinese party favors such as noise makers.
Combine National Craft Month and economic math while producing some imaginative, innovative crafts.
The earth is a delicate and fragile thing; Why not engage your class in a craft project that will make them aware of our environment? Earth Day is celebrated as recycled materials are used to create earth window hangings. Crayons are melted onto paper with an iron to create unique representations of our world. 
The earth, our home planet, and the star of Earth Day celebrations everywhere! Celebrate Earth Day or examine Earth's place in the solar system, with a fun and easy craft, perfect for children nine and up. Paper mache ornaments, paint, and sand are used to create mini versions of our planet. What is neat, is that these can be used in a large scale model of the solar system or as you study geography.
Students construct several holiday craft projects. In this holiday art lesson, students are instructed on how to complete several paper projects such as a 4th of July flags, a Thanksgiving place mat and holiday cards. All of these activities can be done by using simple art supplies.
Students discuss ways to care for the environment by creating a product from recyclable materials.  In this arts and crafts project, students utilize yarn scarps and plastic lids from a drink to create a coaster for drinks.  Students give their gift to one of their parents for Mother or Father's Day.
Students create a Thanksgiving craft. In this Thanksgiving lesson plan, students use Indian corn and tissue paper to make a wall ornament. Students discuss how corn was important to the pilgrims and Native Americans.
Students explore insect life by participating in arts and crafts activities. In this firefly lesson, students identify the geographical location and anatomy of the mysterious insect. Students create an insect book using illustrations by their classmates.
Collage techniques give students another creative way to express themselves.
Paper mache projects are great for using up paper from the recycle bin. Give your class the chance to create a three-dimensional globe out of paper mache. They'll work to make their globes as accurate as possible, adding proper colors and textures. The activity is perfect for Earth Day or as a way to start to your next geograhy lesson.
Crafting is fun, it increases eye-hand coordination, and it is a great way to accent any lesson. Celebrate Earth Day by creating scrap fabric flowers for a pop-stick flower garden. Children of all ages will love gluing, cutting, and constructing flowers to adorn their white picket fences. 
Craft paper, string, and clean egg cartons are used to create super cute bug mobiles. Included are instructions and images to assist you in guiding your class through the process of making these very cool mobiles. The project would be a great way to celebrate Earth Day, to finish off a thematic literary unit, or to accent a lesson on the insect life cycle.
Students explore their own families by creating an arts and crafts project for a member. In this Mother's Day lesson plan, students discuss the positive impact their mothers have had on them and create a picture frame memory for them. Students create mock flowers as well and deliver them to their mothers on Mother's Day.
Tenth graders discuss collage and photomontage techniques and artists, and how the art form can convey cultural or current issues. They research a collage artist, then design a topical or personally symbolic collage. Present their finished projects with a class gallery!
Students use a book or passage for their inspiration to create a narrative collage. They need to illustrate the action or the setting.
The blanket being analyzed here seems simple and plain, but it reflects the culture and geography of the people who made it. Learners critically examine the influence geography and culture had on the creation of the blanket and on themselves. They create collages and write creative pieces that reflect their understanding of how they have personally been shaped by the world around them. 
Students examine the concept of craft and, by creating blueprints for various craft objects, explore the advantages and disadvantages of craft in our modern world.
Students study the artwork of Robert Rauschenberg and identify popular imagery used in his collages and Combines. They interpret Rauschenberg's photographic silk screens by writing their ideas about his images. Afterwards, they create original collages, and prepare a written explanation of their work.
What is peace and what does it mean to our society? To understand why peace is celebrated and what character traits or concepts relate to the action of peace, learners engage in a discussion, story time, and a craft project. The lesson idea can be fitting for any holiday that promotes peace and unity, including: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Harmony Day, Unity Day, or Peace Day. Along with the main craft, which is a unity wreath, links to other crafts and book titles are included. 
How do we come to view objects and artifacts as art? What terms and ideas do we associate with craft instead? The distinction between art and craft may be subtle, but has profound roots in art history and the development of western culture. Discover the transition that was made from the medieval world of craft guild statutes to the birth of Renaissance humanism and the practice of placing greater value on individual creativity.