At Fairbrook, this lesson is one of our DEN meeting activities. DENS (developing, educating and nurturing students) are our cross-grade-level community meetings held twice a month and led by our fifth graders. The last den each November is dedicated to helping our business partner, Trinity Nursing Home, by creating ornaments for their tree. This den, advisory, or classroom activity becomes a service project.
• Students will develop self-motivation and feel good about helping others.
• Paper plates
2. The teacher then explains how to create the ornament and breaks the students into pairs to begin working. For example: “Now for a demo and hints on how to create the ornament. Make sure you turn under one end of the pipe cleaner before you start putting the beads on. This will keep the beads from falling off. Try to create a pattern with the beads. One partner should put the beads on the pipe cleaner while the other one creates the pattern. You can switch jobs so each person has a chance to bead. Leave enough room to create a hook at the end of the ornament (for hanging on the tree). You do not have to use all of the beads in the bag. You can make the ornament straight, a curly cue suing a pencil or a wreath by connecting the ends of the pipe cleaner. Use your imagination. Now we will put you with a partner and then you may create your ornaments. Use your imagination!”