During our latest directed study meetings with the 7th and 8th grades, we created Identity Sculptures. Using Chenille Stems, commonly known as pipe cleaners, students made miniature representations of three components of their identities. They drew inspiration from their love of sports, dogs, hanging out with their families, and countless other interests. Some made sailboats to represent their love of the ocean, others made music notes, and others shaped the letter of their sibling's first name to resemble their love for their brother or sister.
Then, they found a way to link their three pipe-cleaner sculptures together, making their Identity Sculpture.