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McREL Standards Activity

Creative Collages

Purpose:As a result of this activity, students will construct a collage that represents their own unique identity.
Related Standard & Benchmarks:
Behavioral Studies
 Standard 1.Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior
   Level II [Grade 3-5]
   Benchmark 5. Understands that various factors (e.g., interests, capabilities, values) contribute to the shaping of a person's identity
Student Product:Collage of pictures and words
Material & Resources:Magazines, newspapers, drawing supplies, scissors, glue
Teacher's Note:1. This activity can either be done in the classroom or at home. It is recommended that the teacher asks students to bring in copies of old magazines and newspapers, and that the materials are then shared among the students in an orderly manner. 2. It might be useful to provide students with an example of a collage so that they can understand how the technique of overlapping is used in collage construction. 3. If students cannot find a picture that they are looking for in a newspaper or magazine (e.g., a violin), then they may have to draw it themselves. It is recommended, in fact, that student collages be a combination of picture cuttings and personal drawings.
Ask students to think about all of the factors that contribute to who they are (e.g., family, friends, religion, values, neighborhood, place of birth, cultural heritage, interests, skills, talents, hobbies, likes, and dislikes). Next, ask students to demonstrate their own unique identity through making a collage. Student collages should be constructed from a combination of pictures and words that represent the things, people, ideas, or values that are dear to them and that contribute to who they are. The pictures and words may be a combination of newspaper/magazine cuttings and their own original drawings. Once the items have been assembled, have students paste their pictures and words onto larger pieces of paper using overlapping techniques. Once students have finished with this activity, ask students to share their collages with the class. As each collage is shown to the class, ask students to observe the special qualities or characteristics of each person as they are demonstrated in the collages. In light of all of the factors that go into shaping each person’s identity, ask students, "How do the collages show that each person is unique?"