Change Sings

Books + art = winning combination

Better yet, a poet laureate + talented artist = stunning picture book

The answer to the above equation is Change Sings, A Children’s Anthem.

I love this book so much it was a quick addition to #ClassroomBookADay The book provided a rich springboard for discussion. I informed students we all have the potential to be a change maker, even with something as simple as a smile can make the world a better place.

The next day, I followed up the read aloud with an art lesson. I started by rereading the book and pausing to show how the artist’s use of colour, shape, and line enhanced the story. We then set out to emulate the artist’s work.

Materials Required:

White crayons, water colours or diluted food colouring, brushes, Sharpies, crayons, large sheets of heavy paper, pencil

Process:

1. Use white crayons to draw brick background.

2. Select bright colours to do the colour wash over the crayon. (I used diluted food colouring.)

3. Let dry overnight.

4. Use a pencil to write a word that you will do to be a force for change.

5. Colour in word with crayon then outline it in Sharpie.

6. Optional – use Sharpie to draw cracks on wall.

Results:

Priceless!

These 3rd Graders are a force for change. Change sings.

15 thoughts on “Change Sings

  1. Ooooooh, I LOVE this! I already have read, shared, and love the book and do a one little word activity with my students, so your spin is a wonderful add! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a great idea!! I will be using this. Thanks for sharing!!! The book is a great way to incorporate art into our classes as well. You could also have students do an short writing extension with this activity. Great idea!!

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