The collaborative project they were working on (more on that later) started with using a continuous line so I wanted a mini project that would continue that concept, that is where Ish came in! I'm sure most of you have read "Ish" by Peter Reynolds. If you haven't you are seriously missing out!
continuous line to draw "ish-ly"
Day 1: We started the class learning about continuous line and doing the first part of the collaborative project which takes very little time. Then, I played them the TumbleBook version of the book and then I did a few practice drawings of how to draw things "Ish-ly". This is accomplished by not picking up the pencil no matter where you need to get on the paper to draw. Once they had the idea down I gave them this worksheet to try 6 different nouns.
After they finished the sheet they mini-conferenced with me on which one to do for their project.
Day 2: We watched the TumbleBook Ish again as a refresher then they got their sheets back with their chosen noun starred. A quick demo of me using my whole paper and writing the title of my "Ish" drawing and they were off to work. Almost all finished :)
These just turned out great and put such a smile on my face!