Wooden Creations is the name of the 5-day class that I taught to a group of rising 2nd/3rd graders. In my class they learned both the names and functions of important tools in a workshop, created wooden crafts such as a treasure box, picture frame, chalk board, and fan. To top it all off, my students created a traditional birdhouse, which seems to be the traditional staple of any woodshop/ woodworking class.
This was both the best class and first class that I've ever taught and planned completely on my own. However, I couldn't have done it without the support of Ms.Rachel, her neighbor, Mr. Sylvester, Ms.Nicole, my landlord, my parents, and my boyfriend. Because quite honestly, by taking on this class, I bit off more than I could chew. It took sleepless nights, crying fits, and physical pain to successfully see this class through. By the end of it, I was sad that it was over. This was the biggest and best challenge that I ever could have ever taken on. This is what I stayed in DC for this summer-- it was in this week that I became a better teacher and hopefully, overall, a better person. A colleague, who I respect a great deal, told me that I should be really proud of myself. And I am. I now appreciate and embrace the mistakes, random mishaps, and student conflicts that happened. So, to end the most perfect nerve-racking week of my life, came a visit from my parents. I guess it just keeps getting better. :)
The Treasure Box.
|Step One: Paint Wooden Craft sticks using water colors.|
|The students will create a pattern by layering the sticks on top of each other.|
|The finished product displayed from a student who opted not to paint hers.|
What You'll Need:
Any 5 or 6 ft fencing. 4- 9-inch cuts (2 of these should be cut at a 45 degree angle) [angled cuts are for front & back, regular cuts are for the roof
2- 6 1/2-inch cuts [side walls]
1- 7.5 inch cut [floor]
7 pieces total
Nails (1 1/2 inch)
Perch (wooden dowel/ stick)
|Begin by sanding your birdhouse.|
|Use a hammer to put the pieces together. With my supervision, the kids were able to do this step by themselves.|
|Prime your bird house by painting it white.|
|When it's dry, add your vibrant paint colors.|
|Add designs/ finishing touches and let it dry overnight.|
|Next day: Use your drill and hole saw to create a hole for the birds to get in. Add a perch & you're done!|
|Using scrap wood, students painted their initials to create name plates.|
More pictures from the Showcase.