Name that Alien

Symmetrical Name Monsters

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Name that Alien Bulletin Board
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Stars being added with chalk pastels to symmetry name alien
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Name that Alien

 

PROCESS:

  • Students write their name in block or bubble style letters, making sure that all of the letters are attached to one another and to the fold.
  • Cut out the name around the perimeter of the letters. (Do not cut out each letter individually and do not cut out on the fold where the letter meets the fold) The students will then open up their name and it should be connected and symmetrical. Each student will glue his name onto a piece of colored or black construction. The name needs to be open.
  • With a marker, oil pastels, or crayons students can draw eyes, arms, legs, or tails on the creature they have created with their symmetrical names.

I also tried this having students write their name in black oil pastels on the fold, then fold their paper so their name is on the inside of the paper and use a rubbing technique. (I just use small plastic glue spatulas I have in my class, but the back end of a drawing pencil will work as well.) I then have students open up their paper and magically their name will appear on the other side. Wowza’s Symmetry!!  I then tell them to look at their names vertical and can they picture it becoming a monster or an alien.  They all start to laugh at this point, because they start to see a nose, mouth,eyes,etc.  They then create their monsters/aliens, cut them out and glue onto black paper.  Lastly they design an outer-space background.  

I LOVE doing this lesson the first week of school as an introductory so I can learn their names. 

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Collaborative Line Project

My second grade did this line project using the crayon resist technique.  I painted the boards with the thick black lines and each team of students was given a board to use crayons to draw “The Lines of Design” (some were using color pencils) on the white space.  Once the boards were all filled with lines.  They used watercolor to paint the boards and watch their lines pop through the paint like magic.  I then put all the boards together to create a mural for the Art Exhibition.

LINE MONSTERS

Line Painting

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1st Grade

I first read my 1st graders “The Straight Line Wonder”.

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I have them act out the book with  movement using their bodies as if they were lines, they LOVE it!  After reviewing all the famous lines, they are given black tempera paint to draw the lines.

On day two once their lines have dried, they are given watercolors to paint each section in between the lines.

On day three they get to make their monsters cutting out eyes, mouth, teeth, legs, arms, etc.

I then created the huge “Line Monster” out of their work for the Art Exhibition.

Owls

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My first graders painted owls:

Drawing Process:

  • The owls body, including wings, head and ears
  • Add skinny legs
  • Add dots for the pupils

Painting Process:

  • White- owls body, including wings, head and ears
  • Black- outline,skinny legs, pupils
  • Black- add small feather strokes…little “u’s”
  • White-Snowy background

Lastly they were given a strip of brown construction paper to make a branch and glue under the feet.

Can you say ADORABLE!…I found this on Pinterest and had to do this project with my students so I must share because the Pinterest post did not have directions just a image.  Have Fun!!

My second grade did collage owls:

Process:

  • Paint snow all over their construction paper and glue a brown branch to the bottom of their paper.
  • They were given two circle templates for the body, to trace, cut out and glue onto paper above the branch.
  • Use small pieces of torn paper to fill in the body.
  • Two cupcake liners for eyes, use yellow paper for the circles inside.
  • Use a small piece of black construction paper to make a beak, legs and feet.
  • Lastly fold paper and trace wing template, cut out and glue them on the sides of the owl.

 

 

 

 

 

Bugs in a Jar

My 2nd Graders learned how to draw different types of insects.  They first traced a template of a jar.  Then they drew their bugs inside the jar.  I then had them trace their drawing with a black oil pastel/ black crayons will also work.  Then they used watercolors to paint their bugs and their jar.  Lastly they cut out their jars and counted the bugs inside.