The 5th and 6th grade girls are working on designing an altered page with a "spooky" mood to it. Shown above are the steps we are taking. First, they were to select words to make a sentence that spoke to them about creating this spooky mood. This was actually a really fun part because they become so enthralled into finding this perfect sentence which never existed before. Then, I gave them a selection of images to choose from which they were to glue onto their board/page. Then they used the oil pastels to block out the negative space. They could use the oil pastel however they chose. The next step was to design a frame or border (we used the scissors with a special edge for this). The last step is to construct a small envelope and attach it to their piece. I'm encouraging them to invent a new way to make an envelope. We are not completely finished yet but I wanted to share the work thus far. I like this lesson a lot because I believe every part has challenged them to a new level.