Calavera

Kids love Halloween, and I’ve found that they also love to learn about Dia de Los Muertos, or Mexican Day of the Dead. I spend the first two weeks of October (or, two classes, since I only see kids once a week) playing traditional Mexican music, showing videos of Dia de Los Muertos festivities, and […]

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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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Dinomosaic

Oh, no! My supply order got lost, and the lesson plan I had planned to do with my first graders depended on those supplies being delivered in time. What to do? I showed students some examples of Islamic tile mosaics, to show them how the pieces fit together and do not overlap. Then, I found […]

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Cherry Blossoms

This project started out as an idea for Pi Day, when one of my principals requested that all teachers teach a Pi-Day project on March 14. (Get it? 3/14 = 3.14? Ha!) But Pi is a little difficult for my K-2 students to understand, so I just explained that Pi is a special number used […]

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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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Mardi Gras

This week, primary students will be making Mardi Gras masks, using construction paper, feathers, spangles, scissors and glue. More practice with cutting and gluing techniques, and lots of fun!

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Funky Chicken

This lesson plan is based on the book “Tinga Tinga Tales,” which are based on African art and stories. I love the bright colors and designs! We used oil pastels on black construction paper. I emphasized use of texture, line, color, pattern, and variety.

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