zaterdag 1 augustus 2009

Country vanes

You need:

  1. white drawing paper (A4 format)
  2. felt pens
  3. black fineliner

Each country has its own specific things: an anthem, a flag, one language, national food, a certain building, an event. What do you think when you think the Netherlands? Of course there are the requisite stereotypes, like wooden shoes - no, we don't walk on them anymore! Yet the wooden shoe is something special about Holland. In this lesson children will make a vane, a little flag with characteristics about a self chosen country. The vane should have four distinctive things to recognize a country, so other children will instantly know to which country the vane belongs.

Discuss with the children some examples from countries and significant things who belong to that country.
After this children choose a country. In their table groups the children help eachother to consider the four typical things for the chosen countries.
Vanes come in different forms. Show some forms on the digital blackboard. The vane has to be symmetrical. To avoid ugly wrinkles, it's better to divide the sheet with thin lines in four pieces. After this, outline a symmetrical vane.
Draw four different things in the compartments and colour it with felt pens. Outline every drawing with a fineliner.

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