I saw this lesson on numerous blogs and had to try it!
Archive for February, 2011
The blizzard of the century inspired these snowy scenes. Third graders spent time drawing local wildlife which were then incorporated into a landscape. Students included textured pine trees and a foreground, middle ground and background. The drawings were taped to styrofoam printing plates. Lines were traced with a blunt pencil. Printing with brayers and printing ink was a new experience for the students.
Second and third graders created these wonderful winter sculptures in 2 classes. The tree was formed from a paper lunch bag. Five parallel slits were cut from the opening of the bag to its midpoint. The bag was carefully opened. The trunk was formed by twisting the bag from the bottom up to the slits. Several strips were held together and twisted to form each branch. After gluing the tree to a base, fluffy fiberfil was used for snow.
Students created the animals from small bits of Model Magic. I demonstrated how to model a simple animal and bird and provided photos of skunks, dogs, bunnies, etc. Each table had an egg carton with bits of colored Model Magic. Students were encouraged to add interesting details to their animals. A bottle cap of tacky glue was provided, along with toothpicks for scooping up tiny dabs of glue.
Sprinkling snow glitter on the snow, or dabbing glitter glaze on the branches, adds a sparkling touch if time allows.