First Grade Reconstructed Houses

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Credit for the idea for this lesson goes to Shannah from newcityarts.blogspot.com!

First graders discovered the work of Beverly Buchanan, a wonderful artist who collects debris from neighborhoods struck by natural disaster, and “rebuilds” miniature houses out of the found material. How amazing is that?! We were inspired by Buchanan to create out own houses out of recycled wood scraps.

I love how colorful and bold these turned out!

Along the way, we had some very heartfelt discussions in class about the concept of “home,” and how we all have such different ideas of what the word “home” means. One of my students asked me if my home was the art room. My immediate reaction was to respond with, “No,” but truth be told, I spend enough time there to call it home! šŸ™‚

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