Objectives and Introduction
Objective for Art Lesson:
For these clay lesson plans, students will create a hero from clay, interview one another about their hero, learn about modern day heroes, and describe the characteristics of a hero.
Art Lesson: Clay Heroes
If you have a cape today is the day to wear it. Dress up like a hero, your choice. When the students walk in they will obviously get excited and start making assumptions about the theme of the day. Tell them to take out their notebooks and answer the question, “What does it take to be a hero?"
After approximately 5 minutes begin a conversation with your students about the characteristics of a hero. Some examples include the man who dove onto subway tracks to save another’s life, the man who saved a women whose parachute wouldn’t open. Rosa Parks, who refused to be discriminated against any longer, is another good example. There are, or course, many more examples. Allow this conversation to transition into their idea.
If you are teaching in a public school you should be aware that some students, when asked to create their hero, will make a religious figure of some sort. You may want to talk to your administrators before beginning these clay lesson plans, to get a clear understanding on the school's stance on religion in the classroom.