Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Clumsy Crab

We read The Clumsy Crab. Then we brainstormed other ways Clumsy Crab could use his pincers. We used Pebblego to learn facts about real crabs.

The directions for making Clumsy Crab

Each child needs:
(1) 6 X 9 rectangle (red) the body
(1) 1 1/2 X 2 rectangle (pink) the mouth
(4) 1 X 1 squares (orange) spots
(6) 1 X 6 rectangles (red) legs
(2) 1 X 2 rectangles (red) eye stalks
(2) 2 X 2 squares (red) outer eyes
(2) 1 1/2 X 1 1/2 squares (white) inner eyes
(2) 1 X 4 rectangles (red) short pincer legs
(2) 6 X 3 rectangles (red) pincers

to make the body: hold the rectangle side to side, clip the bottom corners and round

to make the mouth: hold the rectangle side to side, clip the bottom corners and round

to make the spots: clip all four corners and round

to make the eyes: glue on the eye stalks, clip all four corners and round the outer eyes and the inner eyes, glue the outer eyes on the eye stalks, color black circles in the middle of the inner eyes, glue the inner eyes onto the outer eyes

to make the legs: accordion fold 6 long legs, color black on the ends, glue onto the sides of the body

to make the pincers: glue the short pincer legs onto the crab at the top, hold the pincer pieces side to side, clip the side corners and round, the cut a "v" out of the other side to make the pincer, glue them onto the pincer legs

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Our Finished Pond Mural

We finally finished our pond mural. We added beavers, fish, and snails.

To make the fish:
First, we cut a triangle out of the side of the plate to make the mouth. Then we used a black crayon to draw scales and an eye on the fish. You have to draw the black lines very dark so that the paint will wash over them. We used a paint wash to paint the plate. After the plate dried, we used paint to make fingerprints on the scales. 

To make the snails:
First, we clipped corners and rounded a white 5 X 5 square. Then we used a black crayon to draw a spiral line on the circle. You have to draw the black line very dark so that the paint will wash over it. Then we painted a brown or orange wash over all over the circle. We clipped all four corners and rounded a long narrow rectangle to make the body. Then used scraps to make the antenna. 

To make the beavers:
These came from the TLC Lessons Animals book. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mallards for our Pond

We read Make Way for Ducklings (fiction) and a Pebble Go book on ducks (nonfiction) today. Then we made mallards and wrote facts we had learned about ducks.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

More Pond Stuff...

Our turtle and frog work. We will be adding more animals and writing to our pond mural.

A few books about turtles and frogs...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pond Life

We started our study of ponds and pond animals today. We made a circle map to show all of the things you can find in and around a pond. These are the plants and animals we will be learning about over the next few days. The black lines for the circles do not actually show up in this picture for some reason.

We are making a pond mural. We started with the lily pads today. I will post pictures throughout the week as the mural comes together. 

I found these lily pads here. They are the ones we are making. We painted the plates today and will finish the water lilly flower part tomorrow. 

a few of the pond books we will be reading this week...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Zipping to the Zoo

We went to the Fort Worth Zoo this week for our spring field trip, so we have been reading lots of non-fiction text and learning all about different zoo animals.

I usually have my class make a zoo mural with the animal habitats in it, but this year I did things a little different. Here are a few things from the week... followed by past zoo animal work I have done with my kids. 

Inspired by Todd Parr's bold artwork, my teammate had her students make these bright zoo animals. I loved them so I had my students make animal faces. We haven't finished our writing yet. We will add that next week. 

To make these animal faces, we painted the background solid color first, let it dry and then went back and outlined with black paint. 

We used Deanna's writing paper from her zoo unit to write animal facts this week, then we made animals to go with our writing. The gorilla faces are enlarged versions of the gorilla lesson from the TLC Lessons zoo book. The giraffes are also enlarged and modified versions from TLC lessons. The penguins came from a site I found long ago that no longer exists. We learned about all of these animals on PebbleGo. 

from the TLC Lessons zoo book

using Microsoft Word in the computer lab

crayon resist zoo animal drawings

based on the book Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo

zoo animal riddles

a few favorite memories from zoo year's past...

the year my own Abby girl was in kindergarten