The 1st and 2nd graders started out the trimester with a clay project. I started the lesson by doing an interactive presentation on what clay is and how to use it. We then reviewed how to make a pinch pot. The students were then challenged to design a pinch pot monster out of clay. I showed them how to score and slip, so that any additional clay body parts would not fall off. We discussed how you could get really creative while creating your monster because it could have 3 tongues or five noses or one tooth...the sky's the limit! After the students created their pinch pots, I then explained the stages of clay to them. They now understand the clay has to dry out for 1-2 weeks before it can be fired. The stages that we learned about are pictures below.