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Archive for April, 2012

The No-No Board

Here is my version of Mr. E’s No Board.  “Dress up your mess up” is a quote from one of my second graders that is heard often in my classroom. I encourage students to think of a “mistake” as a chance to try something new.  Every year we watch the Reading Rainbow episode Regina’s Big Mistake to reinforce this concept.

Kindergarten Monsters

Kindergarteners loved designing these wild monsters!  Painting a smooth, even coat of paint was a challenge they mastered.  Selecting just the right eyes, nose and hair was fun for all.  Students expressed their creativity while learning basic painting skills.

Papel Picado

Third graders created brilliant tissue paper banners as part of their study of Mexican art.  A rainbow of authentic Mexican papel picados was strung above the chalkboard.  We noted the variety of shapes that pierced each piece.  Students folded a large sheet of tissue 4 times, and then cut interesting shapes from the sides, bottom, and along the folds.

Sombreros

These festive second grade sombreros were done as part of our celebration of Mexican art.  Students used bright tempera on colorful 18″ x 24″ paper.  Painted Paper Blog was the inspiration for this lesson.