Monday, December 9, 2013

OWLS!

My kindergarteners were begging me for a first paint project, and how could I resist those adorable little faces!

This owl project I dreamed up seemed like the best answer! My goals for this project were to introduce paint and the concept of what happens when you mix two different colors of paint. Another goal was introducing different cutting strategies (like if you fold the paper or stack pieces and cut once you get multiples of the same). Needless to say, this was a success! I didn't run into any problems with the project and all of the kiddos seemed to really enjoy it.


McDill Elementary...




Jefferson Elementary...




Kennedy Elementary...





Keeping with my idea of themes across grades...my 1st graders also did an owl project. My inspiration came via Pinterest through this post. My goal with this project was introducing 2D vs 3D. Our owls were done with patterns because the owl wasn't the main concept (and I knew many would struggle with the size) that is why many of these look alike. The only problem I ran into with this project was that the toilet paper rolls (our holes in the trees) needed to be hot glued and first graders cannot do that on their own. It was also difficult to introduce 3D when students almost immediately think of 3D movies. I have learned to work with that connection and talk about how it looks like you can reach out and touch it and expand off that...

McDill Elementary...




Jefferson Elementary...



Kennedy Elementary...




And last but not least...I had the genius  idea to use the tree base from the 5th grade Collaborative Tree to display these awesome owls on!

McDill Elementary...

I made that big Momma owl by the sign to hang out with these guys.

Jefferson Elementary...




 Kennedy Elementary...



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