Jackson Elementary School - Judith Kerrigan-Krodel and Michelle Gholl - 7.00 hours

This week, I was able to do my lesson plan on Liberian Masks. The students were instructed to create their own decorative masks that were inspired by Liberian culture, since their classrooms will be focusing on Liberia for World Cultures Day. They were also to incorporate different shapes from their math lessons on Geometry that they have been having lately. They used both construction paper and oil pastels. The results from the first graders were amazing!

I taught the lesson in Ms. Gholl's classroom in the morning and in Ms. Kerrigan's in the afternoon. The classes both made really wonderful masks–every single mask looked different and showed the students' personalities. The masks were created with high with shapes and details cut from a high and intensely colored quality fadeless construction paper glued onto individually cut facial shapes from a 90lb neutral charcoal paper. The students were enthusiastic about  working with the oil pastels. It was their first time working with them and they were so excited by how bright the pigments were. I'm so happy I was able to do this lesson and the results are fantastic!