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Ft Worth I.S.D.‚ 21st Century -- Forest Oak Crafts Galore
3221 Pecos Street
Fort Worth, TX 76119
In this activity‚ we will be doing a stained glass painting for the school. We will make a design‚ and then figure out how to implement that design to fit the size of glass we are using. We will find a design‚ print it out‚ blow it up on PosterMaker‚ then use the over-head projector to outline it on the glass. We then will use Liquid Leading paint to outline the design and fill in the color. This makes beautiful stained glass pictures!!
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: Eight to ten
Range of Student Ages: Ten to thirteen years old
Duration of Activity: Two hours
Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: There are four special-education students inclusive with four to six regular-education students in this program.
What is the academic content of this activity?
The purpose of this class is to increase the awareness of each other‚ no matter what the disability or problem‚ and to form a stronger bond between my special-education class and the general education setting. Since my program has started‚ I have had several students come to me and ask if they can come to my room and "help" with my students because they now realize that the students are not so scary and different. The academic content in this activity is primarily math‚ because the students learn about similar shapes‚ scale‚ and do some measurement as well.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
The activity helped to create a very strong bond between my special-education students and their regular-education peers. The peers now see my students in the halls‚ and instead of looking the other way‚ they give them high five and hugs. The general school population is no longer afraid of my special-needs students.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
My students had to come up with authentic patterns and designs that would motivate the student body and school spirit. They also had to troubleshoot how to make their pattern bigger without distorting their design.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
There were many times that leadership roles that were played during this activity. Some of my children were good at filling in color‚ but were lousy at outlining the picture. Some of the children would step in and ask to do one of the tasks if the other children would switch with them. This would work very well‚ since no one got their feelings hurt.