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Third Grade Selfies

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Third graders spent several days drawing these amazing self portraits. Students looked in mirrors to study their features.  They practiced drawing each feature.  Students then drew a modified oval on copy paper.  They then marked the paper to place features in the correct position.  Students cut out their practice ovals and traced onto a variety of people colored construction paper.  They drew the features in Sharpie and added color with crayon.

Treasure Maps

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  1. Third graders watched Reading Rainbow’s Sunken Treasure to learn about the shipwrecked Atocha.  They created an imaginary island and then added mountains, rivers, forests, etc.  Fish, dragons, whales and ships were drawn in the surrounding sea.  A compass rose completed the picture.

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.

Clay Frogs Grade 3

These clay frogs began as a pinch pot.  While the pot was setting up, students rolled coils for the legs and tongue.   The longer back legs were formed into the letter “s”.  The tongue was slightly flattened.  Students scored and applied slip to attach the legs and tongue.  The little feet were gently flattened, then toes were pressed in with a toothpick.  The eyes were small balls of clay stamped with a small marker cap.

Students painted a base coat of tempera on their frogs.  After carefully touching up any unpainted specks, they added stripes or spots.  Small sponge dabbers and q tips worked well for the spots.   A final coat of tempera varnish sealed each piece.

Sand Dollars

This was a fun and simple year end project that used up left over paint.  Second and third graders looked at a variety of sand dollars as the inspiration for these colorful paintings.  They noticed the roundish shapes, five spokes and textures made of dots and lines. Students painted directly on large 12″ x 18″ colored construction paper, remembering to pull the brush to get  smooth lines. Radial symmetry was emphasized.  The students carefully cut out their giant sand dollars when dry.

Snowy Trees

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.

Halloween Fences

Spooky Halloween scenes started with a craft stick fence.  Scrap paper, webbing and Sharpies were used to complete the picture.