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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

The Fox - 6 Easy Steps in Clay

Created on June 01, 2014 by Hope200

Let your students experience the thrill of hand-building a fox in 6 easy steps. You can use either air dry or ceramic clay.

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1 session; 50 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create a hand-built fox from clay.
2. SWBAT define shape, form and texture.

1. Fist Size Ball of Clay, and large marble size of clay
2. Plastic utensils (Knife, fork) or Plastic Clay Tools
3. Small cup of water

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1. Make a ball of clay. Then roll it into a cone, by using more pressure on one side of the clay ball. Flatten the bottom so it doesn't roll.
2. Bend over the top part of the cone to form the head.
3. From the marble size ball of clay: Make 3 small balls and 2 small triangles. The triangles should each be the size of a fingernail. The balls are for the eyes and nose, and the triangles are for the ears.
4. Attach the eyes, nose and ears using scratch and slip on the bottom of the clay and where the clay attaches.
5. Cut out 3 triangle shapes in the front of the fox for the two feet.
Press down on the bottom part to form the feet. Using the prongs of the fork, press into the feet to make claws.
Cut out 2 triangle shapes in the back of the fox for the tail. Pull out the tail from the middle section and form it going upwards or sideways.
6. Using a tool, or the serrated part of the plastic knife, create a texture all over the fox for fur. Sign the bottom, and place on the bat to dry.

The clay fox will be assessed after it has been glazed and fired.

Form, Shape, Texture



  • fostertial 06/21/2014 at 10:31am
    I think this would also be a great cross-curricular if the class were reading a story about a fox, such as Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss or The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

  • Debilondon 06/22/2014 at 08:42am
    I think that this is an amazing project! Please sponsor this project. I can wait to do it with my art students.
    Mrs. London