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One of the new FCPS lessons involves 1st graders making a collage of their family members with sticky foam shapes for one of the first classes of the school year.  Since I didn’t have any sticky foam shapes, I improvised and cut out thousands of shapes using my school’s Ellison press (using the tangram, 2″ and 3″ circle, 1/8 pie / circle, and 1/8 rectangle punches) and ROYGBV paper.  I gave each student a sheet of 12″ x 18″ black construction paper and, after discussing the lesson’s powerpoint (with some additional Keith Haring images that I liked added in) with the students, I instructed them to create a collage of 2 or 3 of their family members (most of the time, they were unable to fit more than this.)  Here are some of the results from one class:

As you can see there was quite a bit of variation between what each student came up with.  If you decide to use this method, I would recommend cutting quite a few more of the circles and 1/8 rectangles than you think you’ll need, because each student uses a lot of them.

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