Looking for some simple Groundhog Day fun? Here is my 2013 activity (click here) that focused on grammar. I’m ready for a change, though, so I made this little writing activity for lower grades. PLEASE let it be Spring already!!! Happy Groundhog Day!
My friend, Rachel, recently helped coordinate this mind-blowing art project at her school:
I. LOVE. THIS. IDEA.
It incorporates so much good stuff into one project! Collaboration, color wheel discussion, self-portrait and drawing principles, and the list goes on. It’s especially cool to see the improvement kids make in drawing as they get older (there were drawings from all grades in the mural). Although it is a fair amount of work to put together, this art project is definitely something that all the kids (and community members) will love to look at. Finally, the kids who participated can feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that they contributed and that as part of a team, they accomplished something they could never do on their own. Great job, Rachel!
Here’s some information about how you can organize this project.
I recently saw another variation on this same note-taking organizer and decided to make one with my own Squarehead spin! So, I present to you (drum roll please…) my 3-2-1 notes graphic organizer! Students will write 3 things they learned, 2 questions they still have and 1 picture illustrating understanding (teacher can specify what they should draw if needed).
I’m not a super-awesome artist. And I’m not the world’s best art teacher either. But I try my best to give my kids exposure to a variety of art experiences. I recently came across the art concept called Tangles. These cool pattern drawings blow my mind! But when you see how they’re broken down into steps, they’re totally (awesomely!) doable. You can find of Tangle pattern ideas, by searching “Tangle Pattern” on Pinterest! I can’t wait to try these with my class! Here are some of my favorites:
Also check out my post on cool geometric coloring pages for upper grades!
You can find all kinds of cool pages like the one below!
I recently saw an idea like this and thought I’d share it with you. Have your students finish drawing this haunted house and then color it. It’s a fun starter for a discussion on word choice or adjectives (describing your picture) or setting (since many spooky stories take place in a haunted house). It also makes a great art project using symmetry! Enjoy!