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My Favorite Spring Art Ideas for Kids

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Some fantastic and interesting art ideas I've gathered from Pinterest

So I've been searching Pinterest for some amazing spring art ideas.  I hope you like these ideas.  I tried to find ones that were visually interesting and unique.  




How to Teach Non-Fiction Animal Research in Primary Classrooms

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We just finished a life science unit about Salmon.  I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

Where I live, we have a program where we can hatch live Salmon eggs in the classroom, watch them grow into fingerlings, and then release them into a local stream to complete their lives.

I find that when you bring live animals into the classroom, it really sparks the kids interest in the topic.  We are still waiting for our little salmon to grow some more, but the kids enjoy checking out the tank every few days to see how big they are getting.

First we looked through some videos I found on YouTube about Salmon.  Then we colored the worksheet below on the Life Cycle of a Salmon.    You can grab your own copy of this worksheet here.

I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

Next we read through my little non-fiction reader, from my animal research pack.

to get your own copy.   It's only $2.99.

I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

Then, as you can see above, the kids filled in a few brainstorming frames about the facts they were learning about Salmon.  I like to let them choose their own facts first to spark their interest, but then I also like to give them the frame with the speech bubbles to help them focus on more of the pertinent facts.  Finally I had them write a rough draft and then a good copy which I put on the bulletin board with some salmon art. 

I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

We also fleshed out their three facts into these little books on Facts about Salmon.  I really like making these little books and I put them in the reading corner so that the kids can read each other's books .  They really enjoy this.  Below you can see some of their final copies.

I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

And that's it!  The kids loved doing this unit.  Next I'm planning to do an animal inquiry unit, using these little packs - check back soon to see my post about that.  Below are some links to my bundles of animal research products.  Click on the pictures to go to my store.

I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.      I like to try to combine Language Arts with Science whenever I can.  That's why I came up with my Non-Fiction Animal research units for Primary classrooms.

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Hands Around the Earth

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So here's a cute idea for Earth Day.
How about Re-Using newspaper for art?


A really cute and free idea for an Earth Day bulletin board


Here's what we created this week in my class.

First, you need newspaper and a variety of shades of blue and green.
Next cover a page of paper with each colour.


Then, rip the paper into strips about 1 1/2" wide.


Then cut a large circle out of blue or green construction paper.  Sorry for the poor quality photo below.  I have a flowered tablecloth to protect my table, so it makes the project difficult to see.
I gave the children some of the strips of painted newspaper and showed them how to rip them into smaller squares and then the kids used gluesticks to create a collage.


I thought I would need to trim the edges, but the kids did a great job of staying close to the edge and I thought it gave the "earth" a more interesting look and added texture to the project.


I found the little foam people at the dollar store last year, but you can buy something similar at Michaels.  The kids loved adding the details to their little people.  For some reason Blogger keeps turning these photos on their side, so some of the people are upside down. Sorry for the mess.




Anyway, here's a look at the final project.  I love how bright it is.  And it was very easy to make.


The Lorax Language Arts

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So here's a simple Language Arts idea for Earth Day. 
This lesson idea is easy to apply to any book you may read to your class.

What a great idea for a class book.  and it's free!


First I read my students The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Then we went over the storyline.
With a little help from me, we came up with 19 steps to the story.


Next, gave the kids some tips on how to draw the main characters of the story.


Next I cut the chart paper into strips and gave each student a sentence to copy down.
I used the Lorax blackline master from What the Teacher Wants' "Going Green" Earth Day Unit.


I drew a picture for the cover as we are going to put all these pages into a class book.


After the cover is laminated, I will put all the kids pages together and bind it as a book.  I'm glad I numbered the strips and I made the children write the number down on their page so that I can assemble the book in the right order.

Below are a few examples of my student's pages (in no particular order)
Some of their pictures really made me laugh.  I'm always amazed at children's creativity.  Aren't you?



  





OWLS: Project Based Learning Through INQUIRY

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I thought that Project Based Learning in Primary classrooms would be difficult, but here’s an easy approach to Inquiry which is easy to follow for teachers who are new to PBL.

A little while ago, my class did a study of OWLS. 
I decided to turn it into a Project Based Learning opportunity where the kids could learn about their favorite kind of Owl.  In order to make the research portion simpler, I created a great packet with information sheets about 14 different kinds of owls.

to get your own copy

To stimulate their interest, we arranged a visit from a local Wildlife Rehabilitation facility called OWL (Orphaned Wild Life).  They specialize in raptors, which are birds of prey.  We had a visit from a hawk and a barn owl.



They filled out the K part of the KWL sheet after a class brainstorm about what they already knew about owls.

Then we watched a variety of YouTube videos about owls - the links are in my packet.

Next they filled out the W part of the KWL worksheet.

Then I asked the kids to choose an owl to study from the information cards in the pack.
They wrote down their notes on the FACTS worksheet and then using the other outlines in my set, they were able to write a passage about their favorite owl.

The final step was to draw and paint a picture of their owl.  I used a step-by-step process which I outlined in my package.


Can you guess what kinds of owls these are??

And then finally, in British Columbia, where I work, we have a new curriculum which requires us to tie most of the curriculum to the First Nations (Indigenous) Peoples of our area.  To facilitate this, I used some pages from a coloring book that I bought and discussed with the kids how the First Nations People would draw their animals and what colours they would use.  Then I let them color in the picture with markers, crayons, and a black sharpie.  And finally we painted over it with liquid watercolor.  I think the final effect was pretty striking don't you?





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How to Draw Spring

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I found this cute little drawing tutorial over at Art for Kids Hub.
Hop on over and check out his site - he has some great videos and tutorials.




So we did this as a class directed drawing activity.  First I traced a small plate to make the circle for the umbrella.  This gives the kids a better sense of scale in their drawing.
Then after they drew their picture I gave them a sharpie and they traced over it.  I asked them to colour in their hair with the sharpie.  I showed the boys how to turn their person into a boy by adding pants and giving it a short haircut.

 


 


 

I told this little boy that it looks like his person is jumping.  
When they were done with the sharpies they painted it with liquid watercolours.  If you haven't tried them yet, you need to get some - the colours are so vivid!!!!



Here's one of my bulletin boards full of these little kids - so cute!

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