Drawing Snowy Owls


This is a female Snowy Owl.

This is a male snowy owl

Here are the owls we drew as a class.
First the kids drew the owl in pencil - there are instructions at the bottom of this post.
Then they traced the image with a sharpie.
Next they used crayons to add a bit of color.
If you look closely at the images below you can tell males from the females.
Finally the kids painted with liquid watercolors.
I think they are quite striking - don't you?

Here are the step-by-step instructions.

1.  First I traced a circle shape on the page in order to help the kids with drawing the owl to fill the entire page.

2.  Next I showed the kids how to draw the body.

3. Then draw the top of the wings.

4. Then draw the scallops for the bottom of the wings.

5. Next draw the sides of the tail-feathers.

6. Then fill in the rest of the tail-feathers.

7.  Then draw the bottom of the feathers.

8, Next draw the top arches of the face.

9. Then draw the pupils

10.  Next finish the eyes and add the beak.

VOILA!  You're done!

This lesson is a great activity to accompany my unit on Birds.

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Valentine's Day Is Coming

I revamped an old unit of mine just in time for Valentine's Day

This unit has tons of Language Arts activities for Valentine's Day.

Lots of songs and poems
A classification activity
Story starters
Making words
Secret messages
A pop-up card activity
Valentine's phonics
More valentine sentence starters
Blank writing forms
Primary lined paper
Fill in the blank poem template

Look below for photos.

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Super Quick and Easy Firework Fun!

First off, I must apologize for the terrible quality of my photos.
One of my colleagues did these really neat firework photos last week and I just had to share.

The kids drew a skyline on black construction paper with chalk.
Then they cut it out and turned it over.
Next they glued it to blue construction paper.

Some of the kids drew in windows with yellow crayon.

Check out some more photos.

And how about those effective fireworks?  
Well the most important tool is bendy straws,  

Take 7 or 8 bendy straws and tape them together like in the photos below.

I did a few, and cut some shorter than others, for different sized fireworks.

You put the gold paint in a small plate, dip the straws in, and then stand them up on the picture.
Get the kids to go around the straws and tap down the ends one at a time.
After the paint is applied, sprinkle some glitter on top and let them dry.


Social Studies Unit for Grade 2 - My Community


I've posted up my Social Studies program about Social Communities.  You can purchase each section by itself, or get the whole bundle. There's even a set for Canadian and a different set for American communities.


Click on the photos below for the individual packages.



New Years Craft! and an ELA unit too!

I am super, super, super excited about this new product!
Isn't it terribly cute???

I threw in a few ELA pages as well.

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Check out the photos below for even more details!