Category: First grade
|January 14, 2015||Posted by Cristy under First grade|
This first grade artist designed an amazing castle with a special way to keep intruders out – both the door and the bed can detect and munch up bad guys! Only the King and Queen are allowed entry. I asked her to tell me about her castle and got more than I bargained for – a song! Here she is singing an impromptu a capella about the security system on the castle she drew. Wow!
|November 18, 2013||Posted by Cristy under First grade, Uncategorized|
First graders make collages from torn tissue paper that depict insects in their habitat. The tearing is a new skill, and they use glue with a paint brush to get the tissue stuck down. It’s a challenging project all around, but Mya is really rocking it, isn’t she?
Bonus vocabulary: transparent, opaque and translucent!
|October 31, 2013||Posted by Cristy under First grade, Uncategorized|
|March 15, 2013||Posted by Cristy under First grade|
I had to show a few more of those vegetable flowers. I’ve seen this done with fruit, too, but man – bell peppers and celery are hard to beat for interesting shapes! And – Peggy my custodian LOVED the way my the onions made my room smell!
|February 22, 2013||Posted by Cristy under First grade, Kindergarten|
What do you get when you combine a carrot, an anaheim chile, a poblano chile and some neon paint? Flowers, of course!
|February 6, 2013||Posted by Cristy under First grade|
First Graders used oil pastel and transparent watercolor paint to create fish in their environment. Warm colors in the fish and cool colors in the ocean helped the fish to stand out. Grahm included fins, rays, teeth and texture to depict this small ocean hunter prowling his watery world.
|March 19, 2012||Posted by Cristy under First grade|
First graders put on a fabulous production of The Little Red Hen last week, so in collaboration with the music teacher the kids and I took two weeks of the sculpture unit and created these mask/hats. Each kid made a structure to hold it on his/her head, then used folded, cut and glued paper to make it into whatever farm animal the child chose. It was fast and furious, and I didn’t think to get any pix until the day of the play, so I apologize for the terrible photography. Great project, though – pretty paper intensive, but amazingly high interest. The kids were SO invested in their animals, and were super excited to bring them home after the performance.
|February 9, 2012||Posted by Cristy under First grade|
I tried something new in first grade and kindergarten this unit: Choice Based Centers! I was always nervous to actually try having multiple things going on at once (one mess to clean up is enough for me, thank you!!) but have been very pleased and surprised at the results of my little experiment.
The centers are:
1. Monster Stamps
I have teeny little rubber stamps that have monster eyes/feet/horns/hair etc. on them, and the idea is to stamp some parts then use fine markers to draw the rest, then color with colored pencils.
2. Ed Emberly Thumbprint Stamps
Colored stamp pads, fine markers and the Emberly old standby book
3. Gadget Print Flower Garden
Spools, lego, pen tops etc. for printing and a tray with tempera puddles, colored paper as a background.
4. Letter and Number Tempera Prints
Foam letter and number stamps and the tempera painting tray – again, colored paper for a surface.
I introduced the stations, let them know they could change stations NEXT art time, but today they needed to stay at the station they chose. Then, the following art time they had the choice to continue work on the previously started project or start fresh, again, at any station they chose. To my surprise and delight, choices were pretty evenly distributed both sessions, and to my even more surprise and delight, kids often chose to continue work on the same piece for both sessions, making for some nicely elaborate work. While the quality hasn’t visually been top choice bulletin board material, the work is very authentic, with kids really investing in work that’s meaningful and interesting to them. That’s really what art’s all about, right? So I guess there’s room in my life for a little choice after all!
|February 3, 2012||Posted by Cristy under First grade, Uncategorized|
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First graders at our school study insects, and they hatch butterflies in their classrooms. So it’s a perfect connection to make monarchs in class. We started with mixing an orange, then outlining in black and cutting out. Painting the orange and black on the other side was a little tricky, but we finished with a small brush for veins and white dots, and look! The archway into their hall is a perfect resting spot!