1.)Students should brainstorm an idea for design of a 3" diameter Christmas ornament.
2.)Students should then determine which software package they intend to use and draw their 3" circle. Students should draw or incorporate their design within the 3" circle. (Students should actually create two circles, but they need to determine this on their own.)
3.)When students have finished their ornament design on the computer, students should print their ornament to a color printer and cut out their circles in order to glue them together. Students should glue or tape the ornament together and hole punch the top for the hanger made of yarn or string. (Caution: Let glue dry completely before hole punching.) Student should cut a small strand of yarn or string, feed it through the hole and hang on classroom tree.
4.)Students should now brainstorm ideas to create their Christmas gift labels. Each label should contain TO: and FROM: as well as appropriate clip art. Students should create a variety of labels for their sheet of 30. Some students may choose to create 30 different labels while others may choose to create three designs for 10 labels each.
5.)Students should now begin to experiment with available graphic design programs (and Microsoft's label feature) to determine the best way to format their document to accommodate different labels on their sheet of 30.
6.)Students should begin keying TO: and FROM: on each label and place appropriate holiday graphics.
7.)Students should now print a trial version of their labels to make sure that their designs will fit appropriately to the adhesive-backed label sheet (avoids a waste of labels).
8.)Students should print their Christmas labels on a color printer in final form.
9.)Teachers should refer to Project-Based Lesson Plan on Christmas Creations (attached) for exact time frame, essential question and CTSO activity.