Dalahäst

A “Dalahäst” is a Swedish tradition.  “Dala” is short for “Dalarna”, which is the province the tradition comes from .   “Häst” is the Swedish word for “horse.”  Traditionally, they’re little wooden horses given to children as toys.  They’re almost always red, with beautiful decorations in green, yellow, white, and gold.  But Dalahästs, (or Dala Horses, […]

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Family Hands

I find some of the best ideas on Pinterest, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, this school district blocks Pinterest, so I can’t find the link to the original idea to include in this lesson plan post. That’s a bummer, because I always try to credit my sources. I will try to log on […]

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Pumpkin Perspective

Perspective is hard.  I like to start on basic understanding of spatial planes as early as I can.  This project is good for grades 3-5, and produces great results with basic shapes. I start by showing students a picture of a landscape and having them pick out the foreground, middle ground, and background.  I point […]

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Expressive Pumpkin Portraits

These pumpkins are so cute, and a great way to teach secondary colors, scissor skills, facial features, and emotional awareness. You need: construction paper in orange, green, purple, black, and white scissors glue yellow crayons (or construction paper crayons, even better!) To make life simpler, I cut orange and green paper into 9 1/2″ x 6″ […]

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Monet

Primary students created these tributes to Claude Monet using oil pastels, construction paper, and tissue paper. We also learned about rhythm, and check out the cool perspective with the lily pads getting smaller as they go back into space!

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Rain Barrels

Today, my students painted a rain barrel for The City of Charleston, WV Stormwater Project. These rain barrels will tour all over Charleston to promote rainwater harvesting workshops throughout the area. My students were excited to learn about rainwater harvesting, themselves, and some are already doing it at home! Because of the chemical spill in […]

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In like a…

First graders made these fierce lions using oil pastel on construction paper. We revisited the elements of line and color, and experimented with color mixing as lines crossed over lines and colors mixed. We also introduced radial symmetry and talked about lions in their natural habitat.

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