Torn Paper Pirate Collage (3rd)
We first read the book, 'How I Became A Pirate' by Melinda Long. We then discussed what pirates look like -- what they wear, if they are clean, hats, bandannas... etc.
The students then choose their background color and dug in the scrap drawer for pieces to make their pirate. The students weren't too sure about tearing right at first, but really took off after they ripped a few pieces. Once they were done with their pirate they drew a background!