OUR CLASS BANNER – Shape, Colour, Fabric Art

Students create an individual fabric banner using fabric markers to express their personalities and record their names. Then they add their banner to a class banner to show that in their class there is a place for everyone and together they are like a family where everyone is safe and it is important to be kind to each other. 

Required Time

40 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 3

Subject

Language Arts
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

colour fabric shape

Materials

Crayola Fabric Markers Crayola Washable Glue Cotton Polyester Fabric - about 10 cm x 28 cm (4" x 11") - 1 piece per student Bristol Board - 15 cm x 30.5 cm (6" x 12") - 1 piece per student Masking Tape String - enough to fit all the banners (about 3 metres/ 5 yards)

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Steps

OUR CLASS BANNER – Shape, Colour, Fabric Art - Step One

Step One

  1. Tape the fabric to a piece of Bristol board to hold it in place.
OUR CLASS BANNER – Shape, Colour, Fabric Art - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Draw a picture to show your own unique personality.
  2. Apply the colour in light layers.
  3. Use colours and details that show your feelings and the things you like.
  4. Include your name as part of the design.
OUR CLASS BANNER – Shape, Colour, Fabric Art - Step Three

Step Three

HEAT SET (OPTIONAL)

  1. When the drawing is finished an adult will heat set it to make it washable.
    - use an iron
    - set the temperature to cotton or synthetic
    - iron the REVERSE side of the design
    - use a back and forth motion 
    - iron for about 4 minutes
OUR CLASS BANNER – Shape, Colour, Fabric Art - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Glue your banner to the 'class community' of banners.
  2. Apply glue on the back and at the top of the fabric.
  3. Fold the glued fabric over the string.
  4. Leave a small space between each banner.
OUR CLASS BANNER – Shape, Colour, Fabric Art - Step Five

Step Five

  1. View the class banner from a distance.
  2. Notice how each individual banner makes the class banner more interesting and beautiful - everyone belongs and adds something unique.
  3. The class banner shows that the class is like a big family where everyone belongs and it is safe to be yourself.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create a personal fabric banner;
  • create a drawing that expresses their personalities and likes;
  • make their banner in their own unique and creative way;
  • explain how their individual banner contributes to the class banner;
  • explain what the class banner says about their class.

Extensions

Have students:

  • use the Fun Finger Puppets lesson plan available on this website to create a puppet that represents them;
  • work with a partner taking turns having their puppet share stories about themselves;
  • share something they learned about their partner with the whole class.

Prepare

  1. Precut the fabric - 10 cm x 28 cm (4" x 11") and cut a 'V' at one end – 1 piece per student.
  2. Precut strips of Bristol board - 15 cm x 30.5 cm (6" x 12") – 1 piece per student.
  3. Place student into groups of about 6 so they can share the markers.
  4. Gather and make available picture books about personal identity and community, for example, I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, and E. B. Lewis; The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi; I Am Mixed, by Garcelle Beauvais, and 4 more; Our Class is a Family, by Shannon Olsen, and Sandie Sonke; The Memory String, by Eve Bunting; Your Name Is a Song, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow; and All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold.

Introduction

  1. Conduct a read-aloud with a book such as Our Class is a Family, by Shannon Olsen, and Sandie Sonke.
    Focus on:
    - the details in the drawings
    - what the details in the illustrations tell us about the children
    - how the children in the class feel about each other
    - how the class is like a family
  2. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a personal fabric banner.
  2. Create a drawing that expresses your personality and things you like. 
  3. Make your banner in your own unique and creative way.
  4. Add your banner to a class banner that includes everyone.
  5. Share your ideas about the banners with others.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - created my own banner
    - drawn myself doing something I like
    - drawn details that show my personality
    - used my own unique ideas
    - printed my name on my banner
    - kept my banner in good condition
    - added my banner to the class banner 
    - shared my ideas with others
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work. 
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Display the class banner for all to see. Ask students to share:
    things they like best about the banner
    - how details in the drawings tell them about the children in the class
    - how their individual banner contributes to the class banner
    - what the class banner says about their whole class
  2. Reinforce the idea that the class banner shows that in their class there is a place for everyone and together they are like a family, and in their class family everyone is safe and it is important to be kind to each other. 

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their class banner – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the banner, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - Banner_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - Banner_self-assessment.pdf)