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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Circus of Shapes (1st Grade)

Learning about shapes is super fun! Using scissors to cut different shapes can be challenging though, especially if the shape is a circle. That's why we did this lesson together. We practiced cutting different geometric shapes; like squares, rectangles, triangles, ovals and circles. When we got down the shapes we learned about using glue sticks, when we got that down we started the Circus of Shapes lesson. In this lesson we read the book "Circus" by Lois Ehlert. Then students picked their favorite part of the book (most chose the elephant) and cut different shapes to create it. This lesson took two 45 minute classes. The results are adorable.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Shapes and the Bad Cat (2nd & 3rd Grade)

I happened to pick up a book at Half Priced Books...just a reach out and grab without caring what I picked up...and low and behold it was the CUTEST childrens book I've ever read! It was so good that I thought I'd create a lesson plan around it. Let me warn you that this was a tedious lesson but the students had a blast, and learned about shapes, and background, and sharpened their collage making skills. So what was the book you ask? It was "Bad Cat Puts On His Top Hat" by Tracy McGuinness.
I read the book to the students (2nd & 3rd Grade), then we talked about geometric shapes, organic shapes, background and foreground, collage and of course we went over scissor rules and how to use a glue stick. I demonstrated how to draw the body of the cat on black paper using a construction paper crayon. I had circles for them to trace, we know how aggravating it is to free hand a circle.
Then we made circles for the eyes, a top hat, the nose, mouth and teeth. The background they created on their own. For second grade we labeled each part of the cat so we'd be able to put it together. This took 5 - 45 minute classes to finish, but let me show you how awesome they are. WARNING: You may be overwhelmed by cuteness.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Artists of the Month!

Congratulations to the artists of the months of November and December!
Daniela (5th Grade)

Giselle (4th Grade)

Augustine (3rd Grade)

Andrew (2nd Grade)

Jimena (1st Grade)

Clara (Kindergarten)

Congratulations to you all! I'm proud of all the hard work you put into it, Good job!