Lizards

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The 2nd grade students worked hard to make these paper lizards. We started by decorating large pieces of construction paper on both sides. To create their 3D bodies, we folded the construction paper in half long ways. Then folded the edges in to meet the center line. Opening the paper flat, the top corners were folded in to meet the center line, then again to create what looked like the beginning of a paper airplane. Again opening the paper flat, the students cut along the longest diagonal lines on either side of their paper. The paper was then folded in half and slits were cut every half inch from the fold about half way up the paper. Once the edges were stapled together, the body was complete. We drew the legs on the extra pieces that were headed for recycling. The face, legs, and tongues were glued to the body. The end result is a slinky lizard that can bend and roll its body.

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Spaghetti Paintings

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The 4K students began this project listening to the story of Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. Just as she has a magical pasta pot, the students got to mix pasta with the primary paint colors to “magically” make new colors. Armed with spoon wands, we discovered that red and yellow made orange, blue and yellow made green, and red and blue made purple. We also noticed that by adding more or less of one color, the final color would be slightly different (we were a little disappointed in our green and tried adding more yellow at the end). Once the pasta was coated, they dumped out the container and used the noodles to paint.

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Donuts

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We began this project talking about the work of Wayne Thiebaud. We looked at examples of his paintings and talked about the colors he used.  To make our giant donuts, each student started with a large coffee filter. The first layer was created with water activated tempera bricks. Then, we added oil pastels. Our final layer was made by adding water to washable markers with paintbrushes and a spray bottle.

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Owls

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The second graders drew these owls. To start this project, we outlined our owls in white colored pencil. Once we added all of our details, we filled them in with special construction paper crayons. In the background, we drew stars, moons, tree branches, etc.

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Shape Robots

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The second grade students flexed their imaginations to create these shape robots. We began by reading ROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin. It is the story of a boy who drinks robo-sauce to turn into a real robot. We drew our robots together using crayon, choosing shapes for the head, arms, buttons, etc. as we went. To complete the project, we filled in our work using colorful tempera paints or crayons.

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Food Portraits

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The third grade students got to show off some of their favorite foods by creating these silly portraits. They started by choosing what food they wanted to be eating. Then, drew their people with mouths WIDE open getting ready to take a big bite. To finish their work, they added fun colors and patterns on the shirts, tables, and backgrounds with tempera paint and crayon.

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Hot Air Balloons

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The second grade learned about line and pattern during this project. Using crayons, they drew hot air balloons (and blimps!) and filled them in with as many different types of lines and patterns that they could think of. They added fun backgrounds like mountains and buildings, and colored in the whole picture with water activated tempera bricks or crayons.

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Flying Pigs

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To create these flying pigs, the kindergarten and 1st grade students learned a new song that loosely follows the tune of The Wheels on the Bus:

 

Little circle, little circle, bigger circle (makes the nose) little Circle, little circle, bigger circle (makes the eyes and the head) triangle, triangle, bigger circle (makes the ears and body) W, W, EEE (makes the feet and tail).

After our pigs were drawn, we added wings and filled everything in with paint.

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