Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Art in 30: Aztec Suns

I love to make these suns because they are so colorful. My students use oil pastels for coloring, which look so vibrant. I would recommend buying a class set of oil pastels. They last and they make students' art so beautiful!

What you'll need:
-4"x4" piece of white construction paper for each child
-circle pattern smaller than the paper
-oil pastels
-5"x5" piece of black construction paper for matting

Using the circle pattern, students trace a circle in the center of their paper.

Draw triangles along the edge of the sun. I told the children to turn the sun as they were making triangles.
Draw a face on the sun.
The students chose the color they wanted for their suns. They traced the circle with a darker shade of their color and colored in the rest of the sun with a lighter shade. The students traced and colored in the eyes, nose, and mouth with black.
Use the lightest shade to color in the sun's rays.
Using the contrasting color, color in the background.

And there you go! This activity took about 25 minutes. My students have had lesson in shades of colors and contrasting colors. You can have your students color these any way you like. Aztec suns generally have many colors and, once displayed, these will brighten up your room!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Five for Friday--April 24th

This has been a long week. It was one of those weeks where you think it's later in the week than it really is. I was convinced Wednesday was Thursday. Monday we were observed by county people. Tuesday observed by teachers. Wednesday was the great Earth Day activity day. I'm beat!
We didn't just celebrate Earth Day. Oh, no! We celebrated Earth WEEK!
Reading, posters, planting flowers, bird feeders, and crafts. 
Too much fun = very tired teacher.
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I posted my first Art in 30 post where I'll show how I incorporate art into my classroom. Each activity takes 30 minutes or less.
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I see a Flash Freebie in the near future! Follow me on Facebook to find out when.
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Be Responsible! I borrowed this idea from Kasey at Doodle Bugs Teaching. You all know that you've said one, or all, of the statements below ten trillion times this year alone. I am so tired! So, like Kasey, I made this board for students to show responsibility. When children are not showing responsibility, they have to turn their jar over. At the end of the week, the students with a name showing get a treat. I'm not yet sure if it'll make students more responsible, but at least I can reward those that are.

I posted 7 statements on the board. 
1. I write my name on my paper. 2. I do my work and I do my best. 3. I'm at school on time. 4. The floor around my desk is clean. 5. I keep my folders organized. 6. I do my homework. 7. I have a pencil.
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I won! I won! I won two great products this week. They came at the perfect time. The garden unit is from Megan Baker at Mrs. Baker's Dozen and the ladybug unit is from Second Grade Stories.
The Complete Core: How Does Your Garden Grow? Ladybugs ~ a nonfiction mini-unit
 Have a relaxing weekend! You deserve it :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Art in 30: Watercolor Ladybugs

I've been asked how I'm able to do arts and crafts in my classroom. I say, "It's easy!" Art activities don't have to take a lot of time. They can be done in less than 30 minutes!

Kids love art and they look forward to it. If kids look forward to something you'll have their attention all day long.

This activity only took about twenty minutes. Quick, yet artsy!

What you'll need:
-6"x9" inch piece of white construction paper for each child (watercolor paper is better, but this works)
-7"x10" inch piece of construction paper in a different color for matting
-black crayons
-black Sharpies

Using a pencil, have students draw a large oval for the ladybug's body. Then have the students draw a line down the center of the body. Add a half circle for the head, antennae, and six legs. There you go!

Now have the students outline the ladybug with a black Sharpie. Color the spots and head with a black crayon. If you only have a few Sharpies, have the others color while they are waiting.
Paint the ladybug with the watercolors.
Let the ladybug dry for a few minutes (I read a book to pass the time).
Paint the background green to look like the ladybug is sitting on a leaf.
And now you have a beautiful ladybug!
Mat each students' painting on a larger piece of construction paper. Hang and let others wonder how you do it!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Art in 30 Minutes of Less

It can be difficult finding time to do arts and crafts in the classroom. In a series of posts, I'll give you ideas that can be done in 30 minutes or less. 
See the first art activity tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday--Plastic Coins

These small plastic bags have to go! How do you store your plastic coins?


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Talk Tuesday--The Day the Crayons Quit & a Craftivity

I purchased this book last spring. Best. Book. Ever! I know, I know, there are other great books out there. But after I read this book, I had to tell everybody about it. At that point it was crowned Best Book Ever.
If you've never read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, it's about a boy whose box of crayons have, well, quit. They write him letters filled with complaints and concerns. Some crayons are upset for being overused. Others are upset for not being used at all. Whatever the case, this book is amazing!

I love reading this book to the kids. I read some pages and show the pictures, but eventually I stop showing the pictures and let the kids guess who's speaking. They love it!

After reading, I told the kids they will pretend they are crayons. They had to think of why they would be upset. So they sat down with a sheet of paper and wrote a letter to themselves. . . as a crayon.

Absolutely adorable! This activity totally brings out the creativity in kids.

We did a craft to go with our writing and they turned out so well! So colorful! My favorite!

First color the crayons, which will go inside the "crayon box."

After that, fold a full piece of yellow construction paper in half so it opens and closes like a book. Unfold and cut a U shape out of the top of the front half.
Cut out the crayons so they are stuck together. 
Place the crayons inside the folded construction paper so that it is centered and the tips of the crayons are touching the edge of the uncut side. Put glue along the U shape and close the top onto the crayons.
It will look like this once you reopen it.
Cut a 3"x4" inch piece of green construction paper corner to corner. 
Glue the green triangles onto the corners of the crayon box. Cut out and glue the word crayons into the center of the cover.

Write a letter as a crayon and glue inside the crayon box.
And that's it! 

Get what you need here to make this craftivity. 

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