This lesson focused on the artist as illustrator. First graders were asked to illustrate the Polar Express as part of an integrated lesson. They first looked at photos of the Polar Express and toy trains. They identified simple shapes and how they were put together before drawing their own. Students drew with jumbo white craypas. They included an engine, cars, snow bank, pine trees, a moon and falling snow. They had to take care not to smudge when adding color with craypas.
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First graders worked with texture and shape to create these adorable Rudolphs. They used large brushes to swirl glitter paint for the sky. Corrugated paper, fluffy cotton, fuzzy poms and shiny wiggle eyes were used for the reindeer. Students had fun posing the head and legs to show movement.
These whimsical trees were part of a lesson in color mixing. First graders mixed yellow and turquoise blue tempera to create their favorite green. They practiced painting smooth brush strokes as they turned recycled yarn cones into holiday trees. Two glittery pipe cleaners became garland wound around the tree. Jewels, sequins, glitter poms and a doily tree skirt completed the tree.
First graders can:
Mix yellow and blue paint to make green.
Identify art used in celebrations.
These adorable frogs were made by mixing yellow Model Magic with a touch of blue. Different sized balls were attached to form the feet and legs. A bit of white was rolled for eyes, and a poke from a Sharpie created the pupils.
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.
Kinders worked with simple shapes: rectangles, triangles, squares and 1/2 circles to design Santa’s closet. A touch of cottony fur and silver Sharpie added interest.
First graders carefully observed the parts of a dragonfly as we drew it together step by step. Large, medium and small flowers were added to create a garden. A thick application of crayon resisted the watercolor sky.