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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Toad House Pinch Pots

Created on October 30, 2013 by MisterPP

Introductory clay lesson for ceramics students. Students create a basic pinch pot and then add embellishments to it to create a 'Toad House' - sometimes also called a 'fairy house' You put them in your garden and toads will move into them as a natural pest control.

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3 sessions; 80 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create a pinch pot
2. SWBAT create a toad/fairy house
3. SWBAT understand how toads help as a natural pest control

1. Clay
2. A variety of glazes
3. Kiln
4. Basic ceramics tools

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1) Teacher shows examples of toad/fairy houses and reference pictures gathered from the internet.
2) Teacher demonstrates how to make a pinch pot and how to score and slip to add on decorations
3) Students sketch ideas for their toad houses
4. Students create a basic pinch pot
5. Students score and slip extras onto their pinch pots to make it a house (chimneys, windows, doors, etc.
6. Students cut a 'door' into their toad house to allow a way for the toad to enter the 'house'

1. Did students create a pinch pot?
2. Do students understand how to create a pinch pot?
3. Do students understand the importance of 'score and slip'?
4. Did students glaze their bisqued pots?

Folk Art

Emphasis, Form, Proportion/Size, Shape, Space, Texture