I teach this lesson every 1st 9 weeks to 1st grade. It's a great vocab builder and reminds them how to use watercolors and sharpies. This is a 2-day lesson and is really easy to teach and fun to do!
DAY ONE: Read the story by Nina Laden "Roberto the Insect Architect"
This is an amazing story is about a termite who wants to design and build houses instead of eating them.
Art Word of the Day: ARCHITECT
We draw in our idea books and choose a bug we want to design a house for.
They draw their favorite bug house design on 12"x12" white paper.
I demo this process at the demo table.
DAY TWO: BLUEPRINTS
We outline our drawing in blue/purple/teal Sharpie marker. Then we paint with cool colors...mainly using blues to create a "blueprint".
RESOURCES: I like to print pages of bug outlines for the kids to use. They can visualize drawing the house a little easier with these images to look at.