March of the Students Banner

Lesson #6254

Welcome students back to school with a waving penguin banner.

Grade Level:

Welcome students back to school with a unique banner celebrating the classroom community. Students will enjoy the friendly waving penguin as they march into class. Learn student names during this project and enhance classroom management skills. Consider creative ways of grouping names on the name tags to shorten the length of the banner. This will require adjusting the size of each tag as necessary.

Recognize your new students with a teacher-created banner for the new academic school year.

25675-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Word, Welcome - Large 27526-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Penguin #3 - Large

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Chalk, Crayons, Colored Pens or Pencils, Glue, Ribbon, Scissors, Stapler, Stickers, Tape

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut a LG Penguin #3 from black, white and orange construction paper. Leave the black Penguin whole and cut highlights from the orange and white Penguins to create an orange beak and white belly (Figure A).
  2. Adhere a small strip of brown construction paper behind the head to create the eyes. Use black and white colored pencils to define the eyes.
  3. Embellish the top of the belly with yellow chalk, crayons or colored pencils to indicate texture. Use color to enhance the cheeks, forehead and contour of the Penguin. Attach small letter and number stickers to indicate the appropriate grade level (Figure B).
  4. Die-cut a LG Word, Welcome from light blue construction paper. Attach the Word to yellow construction paper to complete the Welcome sign.
  5. Find the longest first name on the class list to determine the maximum size of the name tags. Print first names of students onto white paper. Mat the paper with primary-colored construction paper to create a border around the name tag (Figure C).
  6. Measure blue ribbon long enough to fit the Welcome sign, Penguin and names of each student. Add extra inches to create a loop for hanging (Figure D).
  7. Cut the measured ribbon. Staple the loop to secure in place and attach the Welcome sign, Penguin and names of each student (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Image C

  • Figure D

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

K-4 Standard 5: Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others

  • Students understand that there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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