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 […]Read more "Calavera"
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!Read more "Monet"
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 […]Read more "Dinomosaic"
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 […]Read more "Cherry Blossoms"
Primary students made fashion from African textile designs. Pants, dresses, and shirts are easy to make from basic geometric shapes. Students love the colorful fabrics, and this is a great way to talk about African culture.Read more "African Style"
One thing about teaching in a different school each day is that I get a lot of opportunities to change my lesson plans and try new things. A teacher at this school donated some leftover tissue paper, so we made these! Primary students have trouble with fan-folding, so I like to use that technique any […]Read more "… and more dragons!"
I revisited the Chinese Dragon lesson plan in another school today using colored construction paper because I had those supplies at that school. I really love the way these turned out! Aren’t they cool? The supplies I have to work with play a large role in what I can do for each school. I am […]Read more "Dragons, Revisited…and Funding an Art Program"