Category Archives: 1st Grade Lessons

Native American Art

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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Tee Pee’s & Dream Catchers School Display
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Dream Catchers display for Art Exhibition in School Lobby
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1st Grade Native American Art

After discussing the history of Native Americans and their art, totem poles, tee-pees, dream catchers and watching a quick introduction video, we began our projects.

1st Grade Tee-Pee Project:  Involved lines, shapes, foreground, middle ground, and background.  They first used crayons to draw different lines on manila paper. Then they painted white paper using brown for foreground, red for middle ground, and blue for background. Next they drew a triangle on the back of their lined paper and cut it out. Then glued their triangle to their painting with the lines facing up.  Then I gave them two Popsicle sticks to glue to the top of their Tee-pees.

4th Grade Dream Catchers:  We used paper plates.  I gave them reference sheets of native american symbols and we went over what they meant.  They designed the rim of the plates with native american symbols and  designs. Then they cut out the center of the plate  and I had them use watercolors to paint the front and back of plate. Next I used a whole puncher to make holes around the inside of the plate and gave them weaving instructions and yarn.  Once they were done weaving we added feathers and a loop of yarn to the top for hanging.

 

 

LINE MONSTERS

Line Painting

Painting Lines
Painting Lines with black tempera paint

Adding Watercolor

Adding Watercolor
Adding Watercolor
Line Monsters
1st Grade

I first read my 1st graders “The Straight Line Wonder”.

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I have them act out the book with  movement using their bodies as if they were lines, they LOVE it!  After reviewing all the famous lines, they are given black tempera paint to draw the lines.

On day two once their lines have dried, they are given watercolors to paint each section in between the lines.

On day three they get to make their monsters cutting out eyes, mouth, teeth, legs, arms, etc.

I then created the huge “Line Monster” out of their work for the Art Exhibition.

Owls

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My first graders painted owls:

Drawing Process:

  • The owls body, including wings, head and ears
  • Add skinny legs
  • Add dots for the pupils

Painting Process:

  • White- owls body, including wings, head and ears
  • Black- outline,skinny legs, pupils
  • Black- add small feather strokes…little “u’s”
  • White-Snowy background

Lastly they were given a strip of brown construction paper to make a branch and glue under the feet.

Can you say ADORABLE!…I found this on Pinterest and had to do this project with my students so I must share because the Pinterest post did not have directions just a image.  Have Fun!!

My second grade did collage owls:

Process:

  • Paint snow all over their construction paper and glue a brown branch to the bottom of their paper.
  • They were given two circle templates for the body, to trace, cut out and glue onto paper above the branch.
  • Use small pieces of torn paper to fill in the body.
  • Two cupcake liners for eyes, use yellow paper for the circles inside.
  • Use a small piece of black construction paper to make a beak, legs and feet.
  • Lastly fold paper and trace wing template, cut out and glue them on the sides of the owl.

 

 

 

 

 

How “The Grinch” Stole Christmas!

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Hallway Painting I did with a quote from the movie.
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My Classroom Door
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Cindy Lou looking for Santa
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“Grinch Party” Who Hash which was just popcorn with green food coloring, my students loved it.
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Grinch Punch!
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Grinch Pills!
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Table set up, the bowl is from The Dollar store, I just drew The Grinch with a Sharpie and painted in the eyes.
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Sign which leads my students to The Grinch, they have to follow the footsteps around the school, which leads to my Classroom
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My students working on their Grinches!
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My Grinchy Students Working!
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Me & one of my students, he is doing his Grinch Face.
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Merry GrinchMas!!!
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My “Whoville” creation!!
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WANTED Sign! Displayed in hallway, on your way to “Whoville”!!

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWq3XMSPYBA

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Dia De Los Muerto  Alter- This is usually my presentation table, however to give my students the full experience I set it up as an alter to honor our loved ones.

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This is my informational table, consisting of fun worksheets, crossword puzzles, and coloring sugar skulls print outs.  (This is usually my game table where students come to play “Art Bingo” or “Art Dice” -shown on the table)IMG_4013 (1) IMG_4019

Here we have “Pan de los Muertos” which is the traditional bread of the dead that is made for the Alter, we frosted ours and decorated them with sugar skulls. Mmm mmm good!