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Summer Vacation

For Teachers 4th Standards
These activities are lessons used under the theme of Summer. It contains lessons in various subjects.
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Lesson: Animal Journeys

For Teachers K - 5th
Here is a great way to get the brain going. Children look at an image of the sculpture, Jar and then imagine what an animal would look like as it moved inside the sculpture. They then use clay and cookie cutters to create a...
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Ceramic Wall Tile Murals

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Grab your class and start brainstorming an image you'd like to see as a mural. Included here are all the steps needed to design and create a ceramic wall mural. The kids come up with the drawings, then they each make a tile that will...
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What's In the Bag?

For Teachers 3rd
The different types of soil are the focus of this science lesson. Students gather clues about soil samples by viewing a PowerPoint presentation and using an Intel microscope. Learners view three different types of soil in bags, and make...
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Properties of Soil

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do the different types of soil allow water to flow? Scholars compare flocculated and dispersed soils and their ability to move water through the soil. Silt, sand, and clay particles clump together and create large pores in the soil...
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Properties of Soil (Grades 6-8)

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The second in a five part Agriculture series covers the importance of soil properties in organic farming. Scholars observe a soil demonstration as well as complete hands-on experiments to better understand the effects of air space and...
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Breaking the Mold

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A little too much strain could cause a lot of stress. Groups conduct a strength test on clay. Using books as weights, pupils measure the compression of clay columns and calculate the associated strain and stress. Teams record their data...
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Components of Soil and Water Retention

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
What type of soil holds in moisture the best? Find out with a guided-inquiry based lesson in which scholars investigate three types of soil—sand, clay, and silt—and the ability of each to retain waiter for plant growth. Learners graph...
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Study Jams! Soil

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Seven superb slides sharpen science students' scoop on soil. In viewing them and reading the accompanying captions, your class will uncover the importance, different types, horizons, and protection of soil. They can then assess their new...
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Whimsical Figures

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Clay is a wonderful and expressive medium for learners of any age. Kids get creative as they make whimsical figures out of clay. A hyperlinked materials list, images of each step in the process, and helpful tips makes this a great art...
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Clowing Around: Ceramics

For Teachers K - 8th
Clowns are a big hit with kids! Explore a few circus related websites to get an idea of how clowns look and what they do. They then build sculpting skills by creating expressive clown faces out of clay. Web links, materials list, and...
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Learning from the past: Ancient Mosaics

For Teachers 10th
Budding artists study the history and significance behind ancient mosaics and mosaic murals. They study multiple examples of ancient mosaics, sketch a design, and use clay tiles to create thoughtful mosaics of their own. 
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This Ain't No Tea Party!

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Create food-safe bowls with your class, then organize a meal for the community using the class's bowls to serve. This lesson is based on the Empty Bowels Project, where school kids gain an understanding of global hunger through community...
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Sand Shakes & Mud Pies: Investigating Sediment

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Take a field trip to a location where water and land meet to study patterns of sediment organization in wet habitats: river or ocean beaches, sand dunes, tidal marshes, the edge of a pond, or a woodland stream. Small groups collect pairs...
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Making a Chiminea

For Teachers 7th
A chiminea is an outdoor fireplace usually made from terracotta. Your class will make miniature versions of this useful heating device to practice specific sculpting techniques. This instructional activity spans four days. It includes...
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Mini Masks: Ceramics

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Masks have been used for many reasons throughout human history. They are also great subjects for art projects! Included here are instructions, background information, and all the supplies needed to create mini masks in your class. 
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What Is Clay?

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
This resource could come in handy the next time you feel like teaching about clay. Basic sculpting techniques, vocabulary, and history of clay are outlined in this informative resource. Use prior to teaching an art project involving...
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Who am I Mobile: Ceramics

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
A getting-to-know-you activity that is perfect for the beginning of the year! Kids craft their portrait out of clay, then make a mobile by dangling ceramic representations of things they love. This project builds self-awareness, motor...
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Pocket Full of Posies: Ceramics

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
After studying the plant or flower life cycle, have the class create a basket of flowers out of clay. They hone their ceramics skills while they push, pull, then paint clay to look like flowers they've seen in nature. There are several...
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Lascaux Cave Art on Ceramic Stones

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Here is a great way to incorporate art into your next unit on prehistoric people. The class makes stones out of ceramic clay and then creates paintings like those found in the Lascaux Caves in France. A video link, full day-by-day...
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Coil Pots

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Children learn by doing. Here, they discuss cultural uses of containers, coil and slab techniques, functional aesthetics, and the principles of art and design. The entire process for making a coil pot is fully described here to make the...
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Camel Container: Ceramics

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Play with clay while building finger dexterity and important sculpting techniques. Learners make camel containers while they practice throwing and molding clay. Fun camel facts make this an interdisciplinary art lesson.
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Clay Heads

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Sculpting can be a rewarding way to accent a lesson in any subject. This project requires learners to design and sculpt a head out of clay. The entire process is outlined in this resource; including photos and suggested materials. Tip:...
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Triaxial Blends: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
To me, art implies color. Your class can learn all about triaxial blends, glazed colors, and ceramics. Included are the step-by-step instructions needed to teach learners how ceramic glazes developed, color blends, and how to measure and...
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Egyptian Relic: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Egyptian artwork is inspiring in so many ways. Learners discover the world of Egyptian relics as they make a ceramic version of their own. Multiple resource links and full instructions make this a fun and easy-to-incorporate art project...
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Character Bust: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Whether it is a protagonist, antagonist, hero or heroine, characters are a must in any story. Learners analyze a character from a narrative they are reading, then use that character as inspiration. They create a ceramic bust depicting...
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Medieval Castles: Ceramic Art Lesson

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A lot went on in Medieval Castles, and they were an obvious symbol of feudal power. Have learners use clay to make a Medieval-style castle to show what they know about Europe during the Dark Ages. This resource provides basic background...
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Portraits in Clay: Elementary Sculpture Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
It is lovely how this lesson plan incorporates the importance or personal expression and art history. Children create low-fire ceramic heads that express emotion or personal feelings. The entire process is laid out step-by-step. All you...
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Horse Character: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Animals oftentimes elicit various characteristics which make them symbolic or representative of human feeling, action, or emotion. The class creates horse characters out of clay to show character action and symbolism. This is a great...
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Humourous Head Planter Spike: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers K - 8th
What a great activity. Kids create humorous ceramic character (heads) spikes to enliven a planter. Modern art is full of expressive and exaggerated forms and your class gets to create them out of clay. This would be a lovely activity to...
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Season Tiles: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers K - 3rd
Each color holds its own feeling and these feelings are used to describe the four seasons. Youngsters create a color palate based on the four seasons, assigning various colors to each season. They each create four clay tiles, painting...
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Geometry Vases: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Geometric shapes are used in math and in art. Learners discuss the various names, dimensions, and attributes of geometric shapes, then apply that knowledge to design a vase. They use 3-D shapes to make a cubist-style vase out of clay.
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Cave Art Revisited: A Lesson on Recreating Prehistoric Art

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
This could be a very enriching and beautiful project for your class. They learn about the amazing prehistoric Lascaux Cave and view images of the art found there. They review vocabulary common to both Anthropology and ceramics, then...
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A Passion For Pots: A Lesson on Glaze Decoration

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Your class will learn about the history of pots, pot decoration, and how to create glaze decorations. They are provided with a brief historical overview of how glaze decorations have been used throughout the centuries, view examples,...
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Paper Clay Leaves

For Teachers K - 12th
Using real leaves to imprint clay, your class will see a natural effect on their individual projects. This is a fabulous way to study leaf anatomy in science. Or, you can focus on mixing colors to recreate the original. These leaves can...
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Homes of the World: Ceramic Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Kids consider the various dwellings humans inhabit all over the world. They choose a home from anywhere in the world. Then they research the type of materials, designs, and structures need to build that type of home. The project ends...
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Dirt Pudding

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore the layers of soil. In this soil lesson, students investigate the different layers of soil. Students use cookies, crackers, and pudding to create an edible model of the soil layers.
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Talk With the Presidents

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students create a model of a president. After choosing a president they would like to learn more about, students research their president's life and work. Students use modeling clay to create finger puppet of their president and use...
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Pretend Porcelain

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students research the invention and decoration of Chinese porcelain. They strengthen their fine-motor skills by working with clay. Students sculpt and decorate replicas of Chinese porcelain shapes and patterns. They are asked what kinds...
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Musical Role Models

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students identify instruments and their sounds and use them to model their own orchestra. After choosing an instrument to investigate further, they research to become familiar with the sound of the instrument, how the sound is created,...
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Clay Gargoyles and Grotesques

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Grotesques or gargoyles are wonderful subjects for stories or art projects. Here is a simple "how to" for creating a lesson about sculpting clay gargoyles. Tip: Have learners research gargoyles throughout history.
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Hand Vase: Ceramics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Ceramics can be a wonderful medium. The class creates fun and funky hand shapes vases inspired by Aboriginal art forms. This would be a great project to do just before Mother's Day. 
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Octopus Project: Ceramics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Kids make an octopus out of clay. They practice their sculpting and modeling skills such as pinch pot and slurry technique while sculpting an octopus. 
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Mini Coil Pots: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers K - 3rd
Art is a wonderful way to teach historical or cultural concepts. Here, learners view a series of coil pots that have been created throughout history by a variety of civilizations. They then create and decorate a pot of their own that...
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Little Oyster: Ceramic Lesson

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Children will love researching and then creating a bottom dwelling mollusk of their own. They watch clips describing the ocean ecosystem and how oysters fit into their environment. Next, they research what oysters eat and how they look....
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Pottery: Pinch Pots and Coil Pots

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students are introduced to how to make a pinch pot and coil pot out of clay. Individually, they make their own pots by following a set of instructions and teacher guidance. To end the lesson, they glaze their artwork and shares it with...
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Flat Stanley Visits....Your Imagination in Claymation!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
In this literature lesson, learners read the Jeff Brown book Flat Stanley and collaborate to create claymation characters from the story. Students create a claymation video and discuss using word cards during hte movie.
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Metals and Ceramics: Crash Course Engineering #19

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do you want metal or ceramics for your braces? An informative YouTube video introduces learners to two basic materials, metals and ceramics. It looks at the properties of each material, and also describes ores, alloys, clay, and cement. 
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Texture Tiles

For Teachers K - 6th
Students explore teh use of texture. After compiling a list of descriptive words for various textures, students use modeling clay and tools to create a tile to demonstrate one of the textures from their list.
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Japanese Tea and Teacups

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Upper graders use the potter's wheel to make Japanese style tea cups, which they will use in a Japanese style tea ceremony. They hone their sculpting techniques while exploring Japanese cultural and the history of tea. There are two...
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Think like a Geologist: 1

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
How well do pupils play the role of geologist? Test their abilities in the first installment of a two-part series. Presented with a series of rock formation diagrams, learners write stories to match what they see in the diagrams. The...
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Arts are Alive in Korea!

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore Korean art. In this art history lesson plan, students examine different types of Korean art including pottery, mask making, and dance.  They create and design their own pottery and mask.
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Animal Self-portrait Mosaics: A Visual Arts Elective

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Out-lined here is a two-week procedure that has the class creating ceramic animal tiles that are metaphorical representations of their own personalities. They discuss animal images found throughout history, what they mean, metaphor, and...
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African Art: The Personal and Useful Objects in Daily Life of Central and Southeastern Africa

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify and recognize three dimensional objects that are utilitarian and used in the everyday life of the people of eastern and southern Africa. They examine the conception, planning, and skillful execution that went into each...
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Native American Storyteller Figure

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore cultures that use clay figures in the art of storytelling. They discover the importance of cultural history being passed through generations. They also form their own storyteller from a clay figure.
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Cruising Around The Continent

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the continents.  In this mapping skills geography lesson plan, students name and locate the 7 continents on a large world map.  Students mold the shape of each continent to match a world map, and play games using their...
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Porcelain Sculpture

For Teachers K - 12th
Why is porcelain hard when it starts out as soft clay? Combine art history and science into one lesson plan with an overview of the ancient sculpture Mercury and Argus and Perseus and Medusa. Young scientists create their own...
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First Americans of North Carolina and the United States

For Teachers K
Students research the first people in America by completing activities in reading, listening, writing, and journal writing centers. In this American history instructional activity, students participate in centers to learn about the...
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Clay Coil Pots

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students create a simple and usable pot using a slab and coil method. In this pottery activity, students develop techniques and hand eye coordination using clay to create and paint their very own slab and coil pot.
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The Chemistry of Ceramics

For Teachers K - 12th
Students make ceramic sculptures to understand how clay works. In this sculpture instructional activity, students learn about porcelain sculptures to understand how heat can turn clay into a hard ceramic surface. They then experiment...
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Soil

For Students 6th - 9th
In this soil worksheet, students read about soil and the attributes that determine how soil is formed. They then answer the 11 questions in the packet. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
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The Chemistry of Ceramics

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
Students compare the characteristics of a fired porcelain sculpture to the clay used to create it. They discuss the physical and chemical changes that occur in the clay as it is heated and then create their own clay sculpture. This...
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Hand Vase

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students create a ceramic hand as a gift for a parent or guardian. They shape the hand from their own and paint it according to their preferences. In addition, they write and illustrate a brief description of this project, include...
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When Clay speaks

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students listen as the teacher reads "When Clay Sings," by Byrd Taylor. They discuss clay, and view a variety of clay items. Students watch a video clip "Interests in One of a Kind Pots." They watch a demonstration on working with clay....
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Edible Soils

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create soil profiles, including rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus, in clear plastic cups out of edible materials.
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Personal Clay Box

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students search for and sort ideas for content in their artwork, explore African art, and create and assemble a lidded box-like form from slabs of clay half way between soft and leather hard.
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The Properties of Clay

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders determine the physical properties of clay by examining ceramic works of art. They evaluate local soil samples for suitability for sculpting and compare clay taken from soil to manufactured clay.
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Dig This: A Relief Sculpture of Dinosaur Bones

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
This is a truly amazing project. Perfect to use during your next dinosaur unit. Second and fifth graders work together to draw and make a relief sculpture of a nine foot-long stegosaurus. They discuss what paleontologists do and then...
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Soil Testing

For Students 5th - 8th
Earth science learners experiment with the water-holding properties of sand, pebbles, and clay. They apply their findings to the building of a well. This activity is engaging and tactile, and it demonstrates the importance of considering...
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Mini Meals

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners discuss what makes a healthy and balanced meal, and then they make them out of clay. They use hand building techniques, radial design, and their knowledge of healthy foods to create unique mini-sized meals for a wall display. 
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Children of Clay

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify and interpret the Pueblo Native American culture and history and comprehend their folklore and songs. They also create their own piece of pottery with clay and write a myth about the piece of pottery they made....
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Introduction to Materials Science - Part B

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are able to give specific examples of what to do and what not to do during given safety situations, and classify materials as metals, polymers, ceramics/glass, or composites. They are able to distinguish between chemical and...
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Haring Mosaic Reliefs

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
Students make mosaics out of clay using the techniques of Keith Haring. For this mosaics lesson plan, students use clay, glaze, plywood, cement, grout, and sealant.
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Rocks

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders make a model of a metamorphic rock and write an essay about how a metamorphic rock is formed. In this metamorphic rock lesson plan, 6th graders include pressure, heat, fracture, and banding in their essay.
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Ceramics: A Vessel Into History

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students review a previous ceramics instructional activity and journal about a personal clay vessel they will create. In this ceramics instructional activity, students recognize various ceramic forms created in different time periods and...
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The Shape of Sand

For Students 2nd - 6th
In this sand lesson plan, student experiment with clay, paper plates, sticks, and more to see how high sand can stack above the clay. Students answer 7 questions.
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Textured Pottery using Self-Hardening Clay and Multicultural Design

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students create textured pottery. For this multicultural arts lesson, students follow step-by-step directions to create textured pottery with a multicultural design out of self-hardening clay.
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Sculpting

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students use clay, molding, and cardboard to create a sculpture of a bird and a bird house. Students complete 5 steps to making this sculpture.
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Pinch Pots

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explore making simple objects with clay. In this clay lesson, students coil clay and produce pinch pots. Students add original designs and allow the clay to dry for painting.
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Make a Paper Mache Bowl

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Learners create a paper mache bowl. For this paper mache lesson, students use wallpaper paste, newspapers, and paint brushes to construct a paper mache bowl. Learners decorate their bowl with unique designs.
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Ceramics- Fast 'n' Fun

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students practice different brush strokes and create an individual ceramic piece. For this ceramics lesson, students utilize different brushes and brush strokes to create a decorative ceramic piece.
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Exploring Art

For Students 3rd - 4th
In these art activity worksheets, students complete 5 different worksheets that help them learn various art techniques and formats.
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Pottery Puzzle

For Students 4th - 7th
In this pottery word search puzzle, learners identify words related to pottery and ceramics. Examples include glaze, luster, and porcelain. A list of 18 words is provided to assist students in their search.
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Playing In The Dirt - Discovering Soil

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss some the different types of soil in Oklahoma. They identify the soil types and explore the characteristics of each type of soil. In groups, students perform hands-on activities such as taking soil samples, classifying...
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Harding Black: Taking It To Another Level

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students complete a variety of activities related to the pottery of Harding Black and the uses of clay in San Antonio, Texas. They watch a video about the life of Harding Black, conduct a clay percolation experiment, compare and...
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Pueblo Pottery

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students are introduced to the characteristics of pueblo pottery and create their own piece of pueblo inspired pottery. After a brief lecture into the history and methods creating pueblo pottery, students use provided materials to create...
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Mini Coil Pots

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students create a coil pot or cup of their own design. Using a one pound ball of clay, they create several coil canes and use them to create a coil pot of cup. Students dry, glaze, and paint their creation to display in class.
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Clowning Around

For Teachers K - 8th
Students create an original ceramic clown face. They form different shapes in clay to make the facial expressions on a clown's face. Students attach fired day parts to a bisque tile in the creation of their clown face. Clown faces are...
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Lesson Plan on Korea

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars participate in a activity about ancient pottery making in Korea. The time of the research goes back to the 12th century. They read a story and study the attributes of characterization that the author uses.
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Hands-on History of Pottery

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students make pottery in the same evolutionary order as archeology indicates. They begin with simple pinch pots and then move to plain coil pots, manipulative decoration, and surface decoration. For each type of pot they discuss the...
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Ceramic Rattles

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners create ceramic rattles using the pinch method of building with clay. They view a slide show of different types of rattles, draw designs of their rattles, and create them using clay and the pinch method. They create the rattles...
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Soil Structure

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine how different soils are made up of varying proportions of clay, silt, and sand. They compare soil samples, conduct Internet research, and create a model to demonstrate the relative sizes of grains of clay, sand, and...
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Hollow Form - Monsters - Beasties That Never Were

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate Medieval art Gargoyles/Beasties and creatures used for animation films, design an original monster, and create a hollow clay form using hand building techniques.
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Heartfelt/Handmade Activity: Hand-Molded Pottery

For Teachers K - 12th
Students view and discuss examples of pottery. They discuss how pottery has always been made by hand and use a ball of clay to roll and shape into a form of their choice.
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Clay Planets

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students create scale models of the planets out of clay and compare them to the real planets.
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Pinch Pot Possibilities

For Teachers K - 12th
Students create pinch pots in clay. They roll a ball, stick their thumbs in the middle and pinch around to form the bowl. They create lids and decorate their pots.
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Ceramics Are All About Us

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students investigate many of the relationships that contribute to the look and design of decorative arts objects such as ceramics.
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Painting Pottery

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students summarize and illustrate the process of painting an ancient Greek vessel, identify the amphora as an example of the black figure style and order the steps and procedures necessary to produce an amphora in the black figure style.
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Properties of Soil: Dispersion and Flocculation

For Students 9th - 12th
Add a little salt to your soil and see what happens. A video demonstration shows how soil with high and low sodium content interacts with water. A quick experiment demonstrates the properties of dispersion and the role sodium has in the...
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Ceramica de los Ancestros

For Students 3rd - 6th
Scholars join a field expedition team to unearth a plethora of treasures from Central America. Artifacts listed in alphabetical order come with an informational blurb and a picture designed for participants to color. Activity pages...
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How to Glaze a Pinch Pot

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
After building a pinch pot, the next step is the glaze. This informational video shows the various steps toward glazing a pinch pot after unloading it from the kiln.
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How to Build a Pinch Pot

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young artists demonstrate how to create a pinch pot in this video. Each step is carefully shown and described. What a fantastic resource to use for your ceramics class!
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Ancient Athens Part 3

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Athens, favored by the gods and cherished by time. The bustling present and the distant past co-exist as one in the conclusion of the History ChannelÕs three part series devoted to Athens. Mixing modern day footage with beautifully...
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Pottery Quest

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students see that the production of ceramic pottery requires detailed knowledge of the physical properties of different clays and tempering materials, as well as knowledge about how these combine and react under specific firing conditions.
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Daily Life in Spanish St. Augustine 1565-1763

For Students 6th - 8th
How do we know so much about the past? A student-crafted presentation provides viewers with images of artifacts from St. Augustine, Florida that give historians and archaeologists clues into lives already lived.
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Forming Shapes With Our Bodies and Clay

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate the malleability of clay. In this clay lesson, students examine an image of Maria and Julian Martinez's, "Plate." They work with clay to see how it can be molded and make a simple design on hardened clay.
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Coil Vessels with Symbols

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore symbolism in Renaissance art, use ceramics vocabulary, and demonstrate craftsmanship in working with clay.
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Pottery with Artist Kerry Moosman

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After watching a video of Native American artist Maria Martinez create art out of clay, learners will create burnished coil pots similar to those made by artist, Kerry Moosman. This instructional activity includes a supply list, web...
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Gargoyles: Ceramics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Study the symbolism and significance of Gargoyles throughout the Gothic era, and then make one. Kids visit three different websites to learn about these goolish protectors, then hone their sculpting skills while making one. They make...
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Clay Sand Castles

For Teachers 1st - 5th
You can start off this sand castle art project by previewing the included architectural vocabulary. Learners explore images, the web, and books that show both sand castles and architectural design. They then get creative and make their...
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Starfish Project: Ceramics

For Teachers K - 6th
After exploring the wonders of ocean life found in tidal pools, explore ocean life through ceramic art. Kids use texturing and the pinch-and-pull technique to create starfish, just like the ones found at the seashore. Suggested...
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Clay Wipe Away: Ceramics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Discuss Pre-Colombian South American art with your class, then get out the clay and create some. Pupils practice using the wipe-away technique to create a ceramic tile similar to those made by the Maya. Great web links and a...
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Cast Handmade Paper

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Upper graders make cast handmade paper. This is another beautifully-designed art lesson from this source which will produce fabulous results. The process behind the paper making is relatively simple. The challenge is securing all of the...
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Mosaic Tiles

For Teachers K - 4th
Elementary schoolers create a mosaic project. This simple art lesson produces big results! The tile mosaics are beautiful, and will be cherished by the young artists who create them, and their parents. These are the kind of projects that...
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Figuratively Speaking

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create 8 inch, or bigger, clay sculptures of the human form in this Art lesson introducing clay sculpting techniques. The works of artists studied in preparation include Henry Moore, Michelangelo, Degas, Rodin and John Quincy...
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Becoming One with Clay: Pinch Pots

For Teachers 6th
Make pinch pots with your class. This resource provides a step by step explanation of this process. It includes tips for ensuring that the pinch pots are formed properly. This would be a great resource to use to make this project easy to...
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Environmental Requirements

For Teachers Higher Ed
All aspects of soil and its components are reviewed here.  Your class will learn how certain organisms help the quality of the earth and support growth.  Different ways to enhance the chemical make-up are described and will be valuable...
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Pottery-making Methods

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students become experimental archaeologists using three methods of pottery making before the invention of the pottery wheel.
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Clay Exploration

For Teachers K - 5th
Students create clay sculptures. In this sculpting lesson, students work in various stations to familiarize themselves with clay and use tools to make their own art piece.
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Dig This Dinosaur Relief Lesson

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners create low-fire ceramic relief sculptures of dinosaur bones. They incorporate art history, aesthetics, and criticism with hands on activity. Students work together to draw an enlarged skeleton on butcher paper. The Stegosaurus...
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Evolutions of Pottery

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study the history and importance of clay and pottery. They observe a video dealing the kiln. Students explore ideas for improving construction of pottery. They demonstrate a variety of construction methods and identify the...
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Self Portrait Pots

For Teachers 4th - 8th
learners create a self-portrait bust while demonstrating craftmanship in forming clay and glazing/underglazing. After the correct procedures are demonstrated, students create their own self-portrait bust.
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Native Design Coil Vase: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
After a quick study of Native American art, symbolism, and pattern design children make a ceramic vase. They read about the use, production, and design of Native American vases or pots, then use clay to create one of their own. Tip:...
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Opposites Attract

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars design and create a clay sculpture using juxtaposition. In this creative art sculpting instructional activity, students brainstorm things they like and do not like. Young scholars view "Hello Matisse" by Leslie Holt, a...
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Ceramics: A Vessel Into History

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students evaluate the work of their peers using the criteria for value and meaning they developed. In this ceramics lesson, students evaluate their peers’ vessels in their journals by responding to the given questions about the art...
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Native American Pottery

For Students 1st - 2nd
In this Native American craft worksheet, students read a short excerpt about Native American pottery and then color each of the pots. Students must circle the two pots that are exactly alike.
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Making a Sculpture of the "Theme"

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students brainstorm by jotting down ideas or diagrams ideas that will assist them to create an original sculpture and then, construct their own sculpture on the "theme." They create a sculpture and take a digital photograph of their...
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Japan Teacher Implementation Plan/ Japanese Culture

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students in a variety of activities in order to appreciate the culture of Japan. The primary assessments are an art project and a written report. This lesson is extremely helpful because it includes the rubric for both projects.
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Everyday Earth

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
The students become aware of the process of pottery making by thoughtfully designing a clay pot using tactile skills. Students become aware of the different design elements that are used in making pottery (such as shape, color, texture,...
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Ceramic Draped Slab Masks

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners will compare and contrast various forms of artistic expression associated with specific groups of people, geographic regions, or time periods. Investigate processes and beliefs used by various cultures and institutions, past and...
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Clay Gargoyles

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students observe Gargoyles and listen to an explanation of their place in art history. They create gargoyles with clay and paint with stone finish.
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Witches and Wizards Ceramic Marionettes

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students brainstorm and illustrate different types of costumes and characters. After a lecture/demo, students choose their favorite character and create a ceramic marionette.
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"IMPRESS"ive Pinch Pot Vases

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discover and perfect basic construction methods and decorative methods of clay and glaze. They create vases using the pinch method and stamping and impressing methods of decorations. They glaze their pots with pre-made glazes.
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Native Pottery Replicas

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students study ancient Native American traditions and practices. They select one type of Native American pottery to duplicate in a hand-made replica. Afterward, they create a map of the United States and label where indigenous peoples...
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Modern Mosaics

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners examine how native peoples used ceramic pieces to create art. Individually, they create a design of their choice using erasable markers and trace over it with a pencil. To end the lesson, they use shapes and colors to complete...
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Impressive Impressions

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners in a special education classroom examine the various types of molds made by natives. As a class, they brainstorm a list of the types of molds that are made today by different processes. They are given an amount of clay in which...
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Diversity Tiles

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Learners examine various cultures and create a classroom quilt. They discuss family traditions and their heritage. Using Crayola Model Magic, students create a tile and decorate it with their favorite family traditions. Class tiles are...
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Chapter 3 ~ Physical Properties of Soil

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Though information-packed, this presentation on soil is drab if it stands alone. As you journey through slides about soil texture, make sure to pass around samples of each type. Perform demonstrations as you lecture on soil density and...
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Additive Clay Sculpture - Activity 1

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students practice the techniques of clay coils and three dimensional design in this two-week lesson on the art of clay sculptures. A video of artist James Robinson is included for introducing techniques to the class.
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Crazy Clay

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars complete an Internet scavenger hunt to observe some background information on clay animation. They read the question on the web site and then click on the link to discover the answer. Then they create their own clay...
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Impress Yourself: Textured Pendants

For Teachers K - 12th
Young scholars experiment with textures and polymer clay while creating individual pendants. This instructional activity is suitable for all ages and includes ideas for adding "personal touches" to each pendant, baking the pendants, and...
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Relief Tile Making

For Teachers Higher Ed
This instructional activity is intended for adult students with mental and physical disabilities. Students watch as the teacher demonstrates cutting out tile using a wood template. The students receive two tiles that are the same size....
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Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students fill out worksheets on understanding comets, asteroids, and meteors. In this space lesson plan, students view a demonstration using modeling clay to simulate each of these concepts.
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Exploring Pottery Techniques

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine Native American pottery. In this visual arts lesson, students analyze burnished and glazed clay pots. Students study how to create pots from online sources and respond to questions about the process. Extension activities...
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Coil-Built Pueblo Bowls

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use Native American tradition to create the context for making different cultural representations of pottery. Practice using geometrical shapes painted on the pottery, research different patterns found on Native American pottery, and...
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Pottery, Porcelain, And Posterity

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research and discuss the various ceramic techniques foudn throughout China's history using primary source documents and internet resources. This lesson plan emphasizes small learning groups.
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Pieces of the Past

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students compare and contrast the lives of Native Americans from Texas and elsewhere. Using artifacts, they explain how they were used and made as well as how they benefited all peoples living in Texas. They describe economic patterns...
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Exploring the History of Canyon de Chelly: Pottery

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students study the tradional Native American methods of making pottery. They examine the patterns used and design their own pattern that they will use as they make their own pottery utilizing the clay from the surrounding environment.
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Pottery Traditions

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students make and decorate a replica of a North Carolina coiled pot after summarizing why archaeologists study pottery and how Indian people of North Carolina made and used coiled pottery.
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Dancing Rainbows: A Pueblo Boy's Story

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students read the book "Dancing Rainbows," and complete a variety of activities across the curriculum. In this Native Americans lesson plan, students create pottery, discuss Pueblo traditions, discuss the importance of rain, and learn...
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Flower Stepping Stones

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers make garden stepping stones out of mortar, sand and glass. In this lesson integrating science and art, students mix mortar and sand topping to compose and create a floral design for their stepping stone.
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Barns and Silos

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners build a barn or silo out of clay. In this sculpting lesson, students plan and design a barn or silo and follow step-by-step directions in order to create their finished product out of clay.
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Ceramics Scientific Inquiry Through Chinese Art

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore, examine and study ceramics, a medium of historical importance to China. They review the advanced technology of the early Chinese civilization and are introduced to the scientific method of inquiry and make...
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Clay Animal Sculptures

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners create their own clay sculpture with imaginary or realistic animal features. After drawing at least three sketches, they complete an animal sculpture brainstorming activity. They identify functions of pre-Columbian animal...
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Ceramic Processes and Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine new vocabulary associated with ceramic processes. They watch demonstrations of different techniques. They complete a crossword puzzle to help them with the vocabulary.
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Sculpture: Statues, Monuments, and More

For Teachers K
Students explore some of the components of sculpture through a variety of artists and their artwork. The six lessons of this unit utilize the sculptures experienced when students were studying American history and the Native Americans.
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Personal Clay Box

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders discover how to assemble and finish a lidded box-like form from slabs of clay between soft and leather hard. They gain an appreciation for ceramic art.
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Accenting the Negative Space in Ceramics

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders apply knowledge of the elements of design and hand building techniques in clay to illustrate the concept of negative space by cutting shapes out of the form to create an intricate pattern.
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African Animal Pinch Pots

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research African animals and then design and construct a ceramic pinch pot in the form of a researched animal. They write a paragraph about the animal they chose to represent.
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Ceramics Pottery and 3D AP

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore how to form clay by pinching to create a bottle with an elongated neck
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Ocean Mapping

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students create an ocean floor out of a shoe box, clay, and graph paper. In this ocean mapping lesson plan, students trade shoe boxes to view how no piece of the ocean floor is alike.
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Digital Mitosis and Claymation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Take mitosis and meiosis out of the biology textbook and onto the screen! An innovative class project prompts young biologists to create an animation movie using clay, showing the phases involved in mitosis or meiosis by moving the...
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New and Different Civilizations-a Claymation Dreamer's World

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners create a movie about a new civilization using claymation.  In this social studies lesson, students design a storyboard that includes various features of a new civilization, then use video and digital cameras to create a short...
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Claymation Film Project

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students create a claymation video of a simple story.  In this digital arts lesson, students plan a simple story, develop a storyboard, create characters and props out of clay, use a web cam to film frame-by-frame animation of their...
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The Art of Chess

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students discover the history of the most popular board game in the world, chess.  In this model building lesson plan, students create their own chess pieces using a theme they have decided on and clay modeling pieces.  Students...
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Classic Storytelling with a Technology Twist

For Teachers K - 1st
Students use technology to improve their knowledge of literary terms, math, and technology skills. In this technology storytelling lesson, students learn about character, plot, and setting in various stories by using technology like...
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Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students reconstruct and make drawings of vessels in the same manner as an archaeologist. In this archaeologist lesson plan, students each get a piece of a broken pot and they have to work together to put it back together. Once it is...
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Clay

For Students 1st
What is made from clay? First graders draw and illustrate four objects or things that are made out of clay. They then list two more things made out of clay in the box provided.
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Texas Treasures

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore the meanings of the word "treasure," and examine the use of clay in the construction of buildings in San Antonio, Texas. They examine clay artifacts, and watch a video about pottery artist, Harding Black. Students then...
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Greek Vase Painting Project

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students identify the cultural context of ancient Greek, and especially Athenian, vase painting and the range of vase painting depictions of daily life and mythology. They experience the artistic and technical process of creating Greek...
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Comparing Chinese And Japanese Ceramics

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students discuss the conception of beauty by considering and contrasting the appearance and use of Chinese and Japanese ceramics in this lesson for the middle or high school classroom.
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Diversity Presentations ("Finally the Final")

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students focus on one of the diversity topics and reflect upon their experiences during the semester for their final exam. They create a lesson plan, handout and technology project. (PowerPoint, video or claymation), for...
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Ceramic Owls

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students creat owls through the use of slabs of clay with pinched beak and tufts. They use a clay tool or nail to add shape to mak wings. Students use shells, and other items to create texture. After the creations have dried, students...
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Clay Personality Boxes Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students create cut slab boxes from clay using the slip and scoring technique. They impress a surface texture into the clay. Students decorate their box to represent themselves in some way.
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Claymation in the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students design an appropriate and usable storyboard and then create a claymation video. They take digital photographs frame by frame, then assemble the stop-motion movie using video software.
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Pottery Making: The Coil Method

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students discuss the history of Native American pottery in North Carolina. They explore the coil method of making pottery and make their own creations implementing the coil method. They can allow the pots to dry or have them kiln-fired.
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Dig This

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the work of paleontologists and the life of dinosaurs and create a sculpture of the bones of a Stegosaurus. The sculpture was then buried and used by other classes for a dig.
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Dragonfly Anatomy: Dragonfly Magnet or Pin

For Teachers K - 6th
Students build anatomically correct dragonflies of polymer clay, use vocabulary for body parts, and define the function of the body parts as adaptations for survival.
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Visual Art - Creating a Clay Pinch Pot

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders inspect various clay pots. They create their own pots and paint them in the horror vacui design.
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Ceramic Relief Portrait

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders use draped slab and slab method to create a relief sculpture, adding coil and slab decoration. They study facial features and form them in clay. They study symbolism in Renaissance relief terra cottas.
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Vessel Based On Art History Research

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a functional ceramic vessel inspired by the work of another artist from art history. A number of art history resources be provided as well as the Internet. They research outside of class for the written report.
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Navajo Pottery

For Teachers 4th - 7th
In this Navajo pottery worksheet, students conduct an experiment using various samples of earthen material. Students are required to collect at least three samples of dirt. Students can make observations about the texture of the sample...
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Artifact Analysis Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
In this artifact analysis worksheet, students describe the material from which their artifact was made. Then they describe how it looks and feels, in addition to what its uses were for. Finally, students identify what the artifact tells...
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Discovering Pi

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students investigate the math concept of Pi (specifically, what pi is, the significance and how it is used in the real world). This is a hands on lesson plan in which the students actively participate with their investigations. The...
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Mending Pottery

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students act as archaeologist and mend broken pottery to see what they can learn.
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Mending Pottery (Archaeology)

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students mend broken pottery to explain how archaeologists use the material past to explain the lives of past peoples.
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Discover Woodland Culture: Wisconsin Basic Pottery Techniques

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers take a field trip to a local woodland to find pieces of clay. Once they are back in the classroom, they dry the clay throughly and turn it in to clay slip. They watch a PowerPoint presentation on basic art terms and...
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Pieces of the Past

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders compare and contrast the way of life of Native Americans in Texas and around the country. As a class, they brainstorm about the uses of pottery today and use broken pieces of pottery to create an artifact. In groups,...
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Pottery Traditions

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine how the Native Americans of North Carolina made and used coiled pottery. As a class, they review the steps in making the pottery and how to make it have a different surface. They make their own coiled pot and...
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Impressionists and Post Impressionists

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders will explore the use of clay and create ceramic artwork that is influenced by the study of impressionism. The assessment is given according to creativity when working with clay and ceramics.
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Miniature Cliff Castles - Ceramic

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students brainstorm different elements that they could add to a castle, such as roof tiles, bushes, etc. and procedure to build a model using wall boards. Students complete their castles by firing them and painting with acrylic paints.
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Art Nouveau

For Teachers 7th
Students study the design elements of Art Nouveau, its sources and development. They create art projects in ceramics and glass that exemplify the focus of Art Nouveau as a decorative style.
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As the World Spins

For Teachers K - 5th
Students research forms of and uses for pottery. They examine the people who created the pottery and create a presentation to exhibit their findings.
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Life Cycles Mandalas - Ceramic relief - Drawing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design Mandalas that had to do with cycles of Nature.
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Columbus Day

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students create a boat out of cardboard egg cups, clay, and more for Columbus Day. In this Columbus Day lesson plan, students also watch a Columbus Day video.
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Whales

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Learners read books, learn about the letter w, and play dolphin, dolphin, whale to learn about whales. In this whales lesson plan, students also color whale pages.
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Petroglyphs and Pictographs

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders make necklaces out of petroglyphs that they stamp into clay. For this petroglyphs lesson plan, 4th graders draw designs and explain where they come from as well.
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How do rice farmers make good use of the land they use for planting rice?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss how farmers grow rice. In this rice growing lesson, 2nd graders see the optimal condition for land in order to grow rice. They experiment with clay and garden soil to see which holds water better. 
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Buoyancy

For Students 2nd - 5th
In this buoyancy worksheet, students use clay, water, newspaper, and more to create buoyant objects. Students follow 5 directions, and answer 4 questions.
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Raku History and Ceramics

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore the art form of raku. In this Japanese culture lesson plan, students create an Asian style hand-built tea cup for firing in the raku manner.