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Friday, December 30, 2011

Cowboy Boot Lines (1st & 2nd Grade)

This was super fun! I think everyone enjoyed this lesson...maybe it's because we're Texan and cowboy boots rule the roost, or maybe because lines are so awesome. Who knows, but I do know that the kids had fun, made art and learned about lines.

We started by talking about line as an element of art. Then we discussed the different types of lines and practiced drawing them. I then passed out a template of a boot and had the students trace them on their paper. Then they filled the inside of the boot with different types of lines. Next we drew the background and added things that can be found in the desert...lizards, saguaro cacti, snakes.


For 1st grade they outlined their pencil lines with markers and colored the inside with crayons.










For 2nd grade they used all markers.








These boots are fantastic! Such a good job!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hide The Letter With Lines (4th & 3rd Grade)

Here is some beautiful work on Line from our 4th and 3rd graders. We started off the first six weeks learning about the element of art, line. We also learned the different types of lines such as zig zag, curved, horizontal, vertical, dashed, dotted and so on. The students first chose a letter from the alphabet and drew it really large on their paper. Then they drew 4 lines dividing the paper and in each section they drew a different type of line that they learned in class.



Next they outlined it in black marker.


Then they colored each section using a variety of colored markers.


See if you can point out the letters and the different types of lines they used.

Thanks to the awesome Karol Anne, another FWISD art teacher, for the wonderful idea!












Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sea Turtles (4th Grade)

For the Crayola Dream Makers Contest, ( a contest our school participates in every year), students made sea turtles for this years theme, which is National Parks.  You might be thinking, what on earth does a sea turtle have to do with National Parks?  Well, we have an awesome little national park in our fine state of Texas!  It's the Padre Island National Seashore!  http://www.nps.gov/pais/index.htm.  It's located on Padre Island, the park preserves the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world with critical habitat for numerous rare, threatened and endangered species.  One endangered species being the sea turtle.

So we learned a little bit about sea turtles, what they eat, where they migrate, where they lay their eggs, and how many different species of sea turtles there are.


Then the students drew sea turtles and painted them with watercolors.


When they were dry they outlined them with black makers and cut them out.




Then they glued small pieces of card board on the back of the sea turtles, just to give them a little pop.




The next thing the students did was create a background for the sea turtle by gluing strips of cool colored (green, blue, purple) tissue paper onto a piece of heavy construction paper.






When that dried we glued our sea turtles on and viola!  Sea Turtles!!  Check out all the adorable sea turtles!  4th grade did an EXCELLENT JOB!!!  PROUD OF YOU GUYS :)














Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stella the Therapy Dog!

Hello! I would like to introduce to you South Hills Elementary's newest Wildcat, or should I say Wild dog? Stella!

She'll be part of the Tail Waggin' Tutors. She'll be visiting students in the library while they read to her. The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. Many of the children are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates.

By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.

We have worked very hard to get her ready for this. She's been through many obedience classes and has passed her Good Canine Citizenship test and her Therapy test. She's certified as a therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International.

In addition to working at South Hills, she also visit's her friends at Sterling House Assisted living twice a month and will soon be working with Seasons Hospice. I'm very excited to have her working with us, I think she'll fit right in.

For more information on Tail Wagging Tutors click on the links below.

http://www.tdi-dog.org/OurPrograms.aspx?Page=Children+Reading+to+Dogs

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/study-dogs-children-learn-read/story?id=11428770#.TuVuF-b3HVQ