Tuesday, May 8, 2012

3rd Grade: Explosive Laboratories! and Origami Mobiles

Project Idea came from "365 Things to Draw and Paint" Book!

Draw lab...I googled "lab glassware" and posted real pics of flasks, beakers, bunsen burners, etc.

Leave the tops of beakers and flasks open so liquids can blast out of the top!

Use watercolors and straws to apply 'blow painting' technique.


My room isn't too busy at all! :) Gotta do some editing this summer.

4th Grade Monograms

Straight Stitching Letters

Satin Stitch

Kinder "Garden" : Planting a Rainbow

I have been doing this spring/summer time project every year since I've been teaching. My cooperating teacher, Dr.Winningham, taught me this project when I was student teaching and it's always been a gem!

There is some teacher prep here...I used blue and green butcher paper for the sky and grass...then just white for clouds. I made 5 gardens...one for each K teacher. And inside the clouds, I write the teacher's name : Mrs. Bla Bla's Kinder "Garden"

This year I printed out some "crayola critter coloring pages", cut them up and had the kids color these and then neatly cut them out. Before I've just let them use their imagination to create "garden critters" ....as fun as that is....these look better!!

Each student gets to plant their flower in the garden.

2nd Grade: Symmetrical Butterflies

To begin, we looked at several images of butterflies and discussed symmetry. I showed them pictures of different things and the class had to say whether the item was 'symmetrical' or 'asymmetrical'. This helped the concept sink in for a lot of kids.

Step One: Draw the head, body and antennea. Wings come next...if they started the wings too small, I just had them echo the wings a second time to reach out to the edge of the paper.
This is a Kindergarten student...I did this with K also....we used those large tongue depressors for the body so they would draw LARGE! Got this whole project idea from deepspacesparkle.com by the way!

Step 2: Outline all pencil lines with a bold, black oil pastel.

Step 3: Begin painting with tempera. I set out trays with 6 colors and I created some shades in those paints....just to make them bolder. They turned out great!

Step 4: optional....we did this the next class after the butterflies were dry. Some kids needed extra time to finish painting their backgrounds and others could start adding designs on top of their dried paint...which turned out to really pop! Anyway, we used watered down (not too much!) black tempera to re-outline our butterflies. I don't think I've ever used this technique, but it really brought the whole thing to life.