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How to draw a Leprechaun

So I started this little drawing activity this week.  I'll post up the final products next week.  

Here's a directed drawing of a leprechaun.  It's easy and so cute.

We did a directed drawing of a Leprechaun.  There was a boy and a girl Leprechaun.
I did my drawing on the Smart Board so I apologize for the grainy quality.
First, here's my original sketch.

So the first thing I did was to trace a circle on to the paper where the head should be.  

This is a good way to make sure the kids get their drawing in proportion.  Children of this age struggle with making their drawings proportional to what they are looking at.  I find that often with a directed drawing activity they might make their picture too small or too large for the paper.  By drawing the face circle first, I helped them make their leprechaun fit the page more aesthetically.   You could get the kids to trace their own circle, but I decided that I wanted to make sure it was placed a bit to the left to allow for the rainbow.
The I got started on the SmartBoard.  I did a split screen so I could do both girl and boy leprechauns at the same time.  Step one was to draw the circle and then draw the bottom brim of the hat like below.

Next the kids were asked to erase above the line.

Then draw a line paralell to the first hat brim line.

Then complete the top of the hat.  Some kids found this hard and wound up with pointed hats.  That's OK.  I told them they had a really interesting hat on their leprechaun.

Next we closed in the ends of the hat brim and added some detail to make the hat look rounder around the brim.

Next add the buckle to the hat.  I told the kids to draw a big square and a small square inside the big square.

Then add the ribbon to the hat by drawing lines straight out from the buckle to the edge of the hat.

Then add the hair or beard.  Explain that the girl's hair is not finished yet.

Then draw the bodies.  The boy is a circle and the girl is kind of a triangle.

Then add the arms, cuff, and hands like below.

Next add the faces like so.

I drew in the legs next, but you could finish the girl's hair first - I put that next below.

And finally finish up the girl's hair by drawing a line from the end of the hair back towards the arm.

Now draw the shoes at the bottom of the legs like so.

Add a buckle to the middle of the belly - a big square and then a smaller square in side it.

Then add the belt.

Now buckles on the shoes.

Stripes on the legs.

Add grass to the bottom.

Then add the rainbows.  Now there are a few ways to do the rainbows.  Below is how I showed my students to do it.  I started with the line from the boys cuff and went up and out to make an arc.  Then I decided it was easier to start at the edge of the page and make sure the arc was parallel to the first and draw back towards the boy.  We made 7 lines.  3 above the part we started at and 3 below.  This makes 6 stripes which is an easy rainbow to paint.  

Many of my students, however, didn't understand my instructions and made rainbows that look differently.  I actually like these rainbows better and next time I do this activity I will try to do it this way.

Below are some ideas for coloring.  I plan to use watercolor paints and markers next week. I'll post up the completed pictures when we are done.

And that's how I did it.  I hope you enjoy this and try to do your own leprechaun drawings.

Thanks for stopping by today.

A Unicorn for Mother's Day?

fantastic mother's day card and craft for people who love unicorns.  Great for kids.

If you love unicorns and you are looking for an easy and adorable Mother's Day card and gift, then this is the perfect craft for you to do with your class.

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Unicorn card and craft for Mother's Day for kids.

You can make this adorable framed gift.

Or this cute card with this cute sentiment.

There's step-by-step instructions on how to make your own.

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Inquiry Based Learning Step by Step #1

Inquiry Based Learning.  Here is a free step by step guide to teaching with inquiry.

I have been doing Inquiry Based Learning lessons in my classroom for a little while now.  In my district the curriculum changed this year and the focus is now on student-led learning.   Inquiry lessons fit into this style very well.   I have been teaching for 25 years, and I thought that changing up the way I teach was going to be very difficult, but it has been pleasant and easier than expected.  And the kids are very engaged.  It’s so cool to watch them interact and learn.  Nobody tunes out or looks bored.  I am LOVING THIS!

I’m going to share with you, over a series of blog posts, how I would teach a unit of inquiry.  It’s a multi lesson process, and every inquiry unit will head in a different direction each time you teach it.  But it’s so interesting to see where the kids go with their learning.

Today I’m writing about stimulating interest and coming up with a question for inquiry.   All inquiry units have questions that need to be answered.  These are the Essential Questions.  Because I teach younger students in Second Grade, and because I am accountable to the curriculum that I need to teach, I feel that I need to make sure that the Essential Questions have some input from me.  Older students could come up with their questions by themselves, but younger children need more guidance in this.

Here is how I would teach this topic with Inquiry Based Learning on my blog.

I am currently starting a Science unit on Water.  The Science curriculum in my district has the following learning goals for Grade Two.
o   Students are expected to know the following:
§  Water sources including local watersheds
§  Water conservation
§  The water cycle
§  Local indigenous people’s knowledge of water

At first I printed out a series of photo cards from my unit on Water.  I am going to use these as my “artifacts” to stimulate interest in the topic.  We only have a black and white printer at work and when I do this lesson again, I will print out the cards at home on my colour printer. 

My class is divided into four table groups.  To start this unit, I cut up the cards and gave each table group 12 different cards (with photos of water).  I asked them to try to figure out what all the photos have in common.  It took them a few minutes, but eventually each group figured out that all the photos have water in them.

Then we regrouped on the carpet and I projected the PDF with the picture cards up on the screen.  This way they can see the photos in colour.  We quickly went through them together and I gave them a few vocabulary words like “condensation” and “evaporation”.

Then I sent them back to their tables.  I asked them to group the cards together into little groups.  I put down a piece of chart paper on each table and they worked on top of it.  As they started grouping the photos, I gave them a marker to write down their reasons why they had chosen these groups.   Finally I had them glue down their pictures.

I was surprised when some of them even started writing down random facts about water.

Then we gathered on the carpet again and each group came up to the front to share their work.  Some kids explained and some kids just read what they had written.  This sharing helped foster a close learning environment.  The kids felt proud of their work and enjoyed sharing it, and the other kids were highly interested in what their peers had to say.

After the sharing, we brainstormed together a list of questions about water.  I wrote them all down.  I believe that there are no wrong submissions when brainstorming.  Next I will take all the charts that we have made today and put them up on a bulletin board.  This is going to be my “Wonder Wall”.  We will be referring to it throughout the inquiry process and adding to it as we go along.

If you are interested in doing project based learning, I have many products in my TPT store specifically designed for this.  Click below to find out more.

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Thanks for stopping by again today.  I am really excited to share the rest of my journey through inquiry based learning with you.  

Freebie and a Giveaway - 2000 followers oh my!

This week something exciting happened to me and I thought I needed to celebrate!  I passed 2000 followers on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Can you believe it?  2000 people are following my little store.  I am terribly flattered.

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