Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Last week we learned about Pablo Picasso in our Art Masters program. The students made these crazy abstract faces. I did a directed draw activity to show them how to make the outline of the face and then the kids added their own details. They look awesome. The kids used oil pastels on white paper. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More Brown Bear, Brown Bear

We did a couple more activities to go with our Brown Bear Unit. We made a list of words from the book and put the words in ABC order.

We also reread the book and used cut outs of the animals to show what page we were on in the story. For example, when we read the page about the red bird, the kids who had a red bird cut out showed the rest of the group their red bird.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Unit

I have been working on incorporating more literature into my curriculum this year as part of my school's new LAMP (literature, art, music, and poetry) initiative. This month we have been studying Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The kids and I have had a lot of fun doing activities that correlate to the standards.

We made these brown bears using a fork, wiggle eyes, black markers and pink adhesive foam.

The students made AB patterns using fingerprint animals. This pattern is purple cat, green frog, purple cat, green frog.

This pattern is goldfish, green frog, goldfish, green frog. The pattern below it is yellow duck, green frog, yellow duck, green frog.

We learned about frogs and did this frog research report.

This student is sequencing the animals from Brown Bear according to where they were in the book.

These students are retelling the Brown Bear story with our flannel board set.

This is a pocket chart story that the kids can manipulate on their own.

The students made patterns with goldfish and teddy grams.

We made brown bear treats for cooking on Friday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Brown Beetle, Brown Beetle, What Do You See Book

My class has been studying Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? in literature this month. The students made a class book called Brown Beetle, Brown Beetle, What Do You See? The students made a list of bugs that they wanted to include in our story. We used the text format from Brown Bear, Brown Bear as a guide for our book. I have six reading groups, so each group illustrated one or two pages of our book. Here is the finished product.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Art Masters: Vincent Van Gogh

I do a program with my students that I call Art Masters. We study twenty artists throughout the year. We learn about the artists' life and about the art that he made. We also do our own version of one of the artists' most famous works of art. This month we learned about Vincent Van Gogh. Each child made their own The Starry Night picture. First, the kids drew stars, the moon and any design they wanted to with crayon. Next, the kids used water colors to paint over their crayon drawing. Finally they cut out a silhouette from black paper and glued it to the bottom of their picture.  

This year I am having the whole class work on a group project for each artist that we study. Each child helps paint a little bit of a picture. This is our version of Wheat Field by Vincent Van Gogh. It turned out beautifully.