Create a thanksgiving turkey project.Read More
While getting ready to leave this morning, I came across a DIY home decorating segment on the Today Show. They had some fun ideas that could be incorporated into a classroom or program setting.Read More
The inspiration came about three weeks ago as I was trying to "think like a therapist". The seed was generated by a project I did with children long ago, but this one is tied to the theme "emotions".Read More
Objective: To help children who may never experience "the ocean" get a better understanding of the recreational and educational aspects oceans present.
Materials for mural: white bulletin board paper, very large brushes, blue and green tempera paints, regular watercolor paint sets, etc. (Seashells such as clams and mussels from a recent supper)
As a culmination activity for a multi-sensory educational unit of study about the “Ocean” (while living in the land-locked desert of Arizona) I came up with this. It was so much fun, and it really helped my K-2 students understand some of the concepts. They were even able to “smell” the ocean! Read on….
What was required: beach towels, inflatable toys, a boom box with real ocean and sea bird sounds, and of course, ocean mist provided by the adults in charge of the spray bottles. A picnic lunch and specially designed games were also a hit. A game of tag called, “Hungry Ocean Animals” had the kindergarten kids as the “shrimps” stationed closer to the shore. Several feet behind them were the first grade “seahorses”, and lastly a few feet “deeper” in the ocean were the second grade “sharks”.
On the mark, everyone “swam” (ran) with the seahorses trying to eat their favorite meal of shrimp, and the sharks trying to get the seahorses.
Although it was 112 degrees that Phoenix day, all had fun pretending it was cool and that we were at the beach while really being in the Sonoran desert.
Ocean Smells: This was a happy accident. I thoroughly washed the clam and mussel shells from a dinner we had eaten at home. Then I dried them and put them into a large Ziplock bag. To my surprise, the students not only saw and handled the shells, but the smell was exactly that of the oceans I have been in!
Art Connection: I do not have a photo of it, but the students had all contributed to making a very large ocean mural on white bulletin board paper. They had first used large (house paint) brushes and wet on wet technique to create the blue and green water effects. When it dried, they added the sand at the bottom and green plants with regular water color paint sets. Then they designed, colored, and cut out many different kinds of ocean animals and added them to the mural. It was delightful.
Created by My Art to Inspire Contributor: Shelley
Explore and discover art, architecture, local landmarks, etc. by finding the letters of the alphabet within those sites. Take pictures of the letters. With minimal editting, use your location alphabet to make a place collage or whatever. Spelling out "Thank You" makes a unique note to a host/hostess after your visit.
The attached file contains pictures from Louisville, KY. At the time my three daughters were 11, 9 and 8. We had most of a day to explore the city and littler legs can get tired quickly. But, by passing around the camera and searching for our alphabet, we walked many blocks without any complaints. And, discovered lots of fun places - for free.
An added bonus: The Delta Queen was docked at the riverside! Getting to see that old sternwheeler up close was a real treat. Although I had lived in and worked in the Louisville area for four years, I had never explored the city as we did that day.
After a week of going over the influences on personality and taking a series of personality surveys (multiple intelligence, Holland's Hexagon, etc.) students create a project to represent who they are and the things that influences them to become the way they are.Read More
After learning about the color wheel students are introduced to different aspects of the psychology of color. The info graphic on Alltop.com is the easiest for students to understand and is used in this activity.Read More
To create a sensory figure from either the Paleolithic or Neolithic Stone Age. Get creative, but be sure to keep it historically accurate. You decide upon your character’s age. You will have a total of 3 class periods to complete this culminating project.Read More