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Episcopal Day School ~
I had to quickly make more scales since they went through two packs in a week and I had to take down the Dr. Seuss interactive "Name That Seuss Book" board in order to extend the dragon.
School ~ Green Bay, Wisconsin
I made a few simple dragons for
the LMC to get the students
excited about making a dragon head for their classroom dragon to be
used in the
Chinese New Year parade. For one, I made a Styrofoam dragon head
a colorful children's tunnel and for the other I just enlarged a dragon
head on cardboard and sat it in front of a slanted
LMC table covered with a green tablecloth painted with scales (this way
could see how any cloth would work for the body). I mentioned to some
classes that hoola hoops under a cloth would give it shape.
Chinese music played in the background during the parade. The art teacher worked with students to make Chinese lanterns to hang from the ceiling, and Chinese screens, Chinese paper folded dolls, etc. to set on the shelves relating to the theme. At the end of the celebration rice with chopsticks and tea was served in the classrooms and bags of treats including Chinese Fortune Cookies, round candies which have Chinese significance and tatoos were passed. Also, materials were provided for those who wished to do relays using chopsticks/marshmallows for extra fun. ~ Fran Holloway, LMS
Catholic School, Spring Lake,
Elementary School ~
Our kids are inspired by Mrs. Skorupski. They loved the first book, but Fire Up is their favorite. We read it during Chinese New Year week. We started an all-school dragon with the kit from Upstart. A child got one scale for every hour that they read outside of school. We quickly ran out of scales and then made our own. The dragon’s head was outside the library. His body snaked down the hall, past the office, the front door, and all the way down the front hall past the kindergarten rooms. Soon he reached the cafeteria!
Intensive Needs kids
participated in the dragon program. Their paraprofessionals
reading logs with the hours they read to the children
These students stamped their names on their scales. A blind
her name in Braille. We had over 2000 hours of reading. The kids
parents in to show off their scales. At the end of the year we
a dragon celebration--a Fire Up Dragon Party that we held to celebrate
our reading success. Our principal was leaving for a new job, so
we dressed her up like a dragon and she led a parade of kids around the
school, inside and out. We had a dragon pinata and ice cream.
Thanks for a creative idea that really got our kids excited! ~ Liz Ullrich