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Fairy Tales and Fables: Magical Pumpkin Carriages

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This is definitely one of my favorite lessons from my 
Fairy Tales and Fables Thematic Unit.
 
I needed to have a project for a 3rd grade classroom. You know the classroom of wiggley-giggley boys who will work for you but really need to be outside burning off some steam. Well, I created this lesson thinking they might just be able to pull it off. When I told them of the project, I heard some moans and groans. Great, now what am I going to do! 
After I heard the groans 
I spun the lesson in such a way that it was cool to create a magical vehicle
 that they could really deck out!  
 
Day One
Students created pumpkins out of painted paper and added shading to the pumpkin. 

I find it funny that the boys were so silent working on the details of their fairy tale ride.

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Check out the spokes on these rims! Even the Physical Education Teacher came in and was impressed with the 20″ wheels on these carriages. 
I love it! People are now coming into the art room to see what is being created for the Fine Arts Festival.
 
Day 2
 
Students added stems and spiral vines with tempera paint. They were so focused when painting their vines and the boys were still excited about their carriages.
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Vines, vines, everywhere! 

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pumpkin carriage

Want the full details of the lesson in a colorful pdf?
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This 11 page pdf includes:
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•Step by step full-color photo tutorial for the Magical Pumpkin Carriage lesson
•Information about the book that inspired the adorable carriage
•Vocabulary
•Supplies needed for project
•Learning objectives
•Templates for wheels
•Student gallery
•Helpful tips
•’How to Make Painted Paper’ HandoutThese lessons are great for ages 6-10 but any age student can create with these directions.

 
These pumpkins won’t disappear after midnight!
Here’s to a magical day for you!
Laura

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