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Wings of Fire: Polymer Clay Dragons

Teacher Amanda Bestor
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Does your student love dragons or the Wings of Fire book series? In this four-lesson flex class, I will teach tools and shaping to create polymer clay dragons. I will also post weekly facts & discussion questions about the books.

Class Experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Beginner - Intermediate Level
5 lessons//5 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Sea Wing: Shaping bodies and all about polymer clay.
Week 1: Sea Wing: Shaping bodies and all about polymer clay. Weekly fact and question post: The Kingdom of the Sea.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Rain Wing: Horns and Talons.
Week 2: Rain Wing: Horns and Talons. Weekly fact and question post: The Rainforest Kingdom and Queen Glory.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Ice Wings: Adding details upon details, like spikes and fancy tails.
Week 3: Ice Wings: Adding details upon details, like spikes and fancy tails. Weekly fact and question post: Animus gifts in the Ice Wing trove and The Kingdom of Ice.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Movie dragons: Posable wings with aluminum foil baked in.
Week 4: Movie dragons: Posable wings with aluminum foil baked in. In this week we talk about dragons on other movies and their details. (Sapphira, Smaug, A Hungarian Horntail, and the remaining dragons in the Wings of fire series not yet discussed. Weekly fact and question post: Different poses to try with your dragon, adding muscles to create stronger. This week we will create a dragon that is a combination of many cool dragons.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Week 5: Create your own Dragon!
Week 5: During the last week of class, students will have time to finish any videos that were not completed and to share dragons that they created on their own. There is not a video lesson this week, unless you requested on in advance. (They can also ask other questions or request a mini-lesson on a skill they need help with.)
  • Students will learn: -Different techniques related to making things out of clay. -How fun and relaxing it is to talk, brainstorm, and create with others while creating things with polymer clay. -How to be patient and positive with yourself while learning new skills. -With the help of an adult, how to bake the clay to keep it intact. -How to post art on a Padlet. -Fun facts about the dragon tribes in the Wings of Fire series.
I am an experienced classroom, afterschool program, and summer camp teacher and kind of a dragon nerd. :)
This class is designed to give ideas of how a student could modify a class to add their own creativity and showcase their own interest and direction.
Polymer clay in different colors. (Please be sure to get polymer clay and not Playdough, cloud dough, or plastalina.)

paint brush
rolling pin or acrylic roller
plastic knife or butter knife
parchment paper to build and bake on
Masking tape to tape down a piece of parchment paper to work on. (A silicone mat works as well.)
Aluminum foil

You can glaze the polymer with polyurethane after it is cooked, making the pieces shiny and stronger.

This kit from Amazon includes tools and clay:

This kit is more expensive. but I love all of the colors and tools. It lasts me months while teach polymer classes.

You can also get clay at Michaels or JoAnn's. Polymer clay will not dry out if exposed to air. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Polymer clay will need to be baked for the clay to stay intact.
The instructions for baking are always listed on the package or kit of clay you purchase.
I usually go with 275 degrees for 30 minutes (Covered with a foil tent, depending on the thickness of the clay.)

Students will have access to a class Padlet where they can see images of and like the work of others. All posts need to be approved by me, so only appropriate posts will go up. The Padlet works like a giant bulletin board where students can see their peer's work and get more ideas about what to try on their own. They can also ask questions in the classroom and share techniques that work. in their posts. When parents enroll in the class, they will get a QR code and a video on how to post on Padlet. Padlet is free to join. I just log in with my Google account.

My pre-recorded videos are saved as individual YouTube links so that I can share video lessons that are 30-60 minutes long.
I will use Google slides to share images for reference photos or to post questions about characters in my weekly posts. At the beginning of each class, I will have students fill out a Google form where they can vote on their favorite character, book, and dragon type.
Padlet, Google Slideshow images of polymer clay creations, Video of how to access the Padlet to share designs that students made. Discussion questions will be centered around the books in Tui T. Sutherland's series, Wings of Fire (All books)
Joined May, 2022
Teacher expertise and credentials
Montana Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education
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As an educator, I think I have one of the greatest jobs in the world! I love the Outschool platform and how I can teach students all over the world. My classes... 
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weekly or $90 for all content
5 pre-recorded lessons
5 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 8-13

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