Retro Rockets

Every year we have a school wide theme in our elementary school. Everyone decorates their classroom with the same theme. This year’s theme is Space with our mission statement being- 
“Soaring to Success -Where Missions are Possible!” 
My first graders are total ROCKSTARS! 
Their excitement is so contagious that you just want them to stay all afternoon. Forty minutes is just not enough!!!
Creating the Background
My first graders really took off with this project. 
First they created a fabulous background with fluorescent paint. Next they found objects that they dipped in the paint and stamped circular shapes representing planets. Let Dry.


Creating a Rocket
Students created their own rocket using previously painted paper.  I created various tracers of spaceships and flames just to get them started. Their creativity really shined through with all the various supplies they could use.
After they traced and cut out their spaceship they added ribbed paper wings, strips of paper for designs, painted paper shapes, windows and of course Razzle Dazzle sequins! 
Students finished up any details that were not complete then  added two paper rings to the back of each spaceship to “pop out the spaceship” creating a 3-D effect.

Here is a fabulous Lego Rocket. A student wanted it to look just like his Lego Ship. 
When students can make it relate to their own experiences they will love their artwork because it is their personal creation!
Need more space lesson ideas? 
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Well, I am happy to say that I have finally put some of my favorite projects and thematic units in full color PDF’s. 
 If you need some guidance getting started head over to the shop and look around for some fun projects. 
All of these lessons are kid approved and administration approved too. 🙂 
We had such a blast (pun intended)! 
Have fun creating your own space ship!




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    Mr. E
    February 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Love love love these!!!! So much fun!

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    Patty Palmer
    February 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I wish I were a student in your class. So much fun!!!!

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    February 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    These are stunning and fabulously fun! How did you do the speckled background?

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    Dawn Hartigan
    February 19, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Nice to see a “boy” project – even though I'm sure the girls were just as enthusiastic. These came out great. Thanks for sharing.

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    Tatjana Knudsen
    February 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    This is a wonderful project – I love the colors.

    Greetings from a Danish art teacher:

    http://tatjanaknudsen.blogspot.dk (Meet the Creative Part of Me)

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    February 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks guys for your lovely comments. 🙂

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    February 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I love this project, I started doing this project with 1st grade, but the blickrylic neon paint I bought darkens once it dries on the black paper, What Kind of Paint are You Using?
    It stay vibrant and doesn't dull like mine.
    -Ms. Hinton

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    February 27, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Dick Blick fluorescent tempera paint. They are really nice and vivid. 🙂

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    March 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    These are so fabulous!!!! Pinned!

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    April 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

    absalutly beautiful !!

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    Michelle Honles
    June 26, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for sharing so many great and inspiring projects! Love your site, ideas, and directions to help figure it out. Where did you purchase the corruggated ribbed paper

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