Sunday, May 1, 2016

3rd Grade - Graffiti

I moved this project to third grade this year, and was pretty pleased with the results.  It's a great way to introduce a "big idea" to the group, and break that idea down into a single word.  We use some graffiti techniques to make our words as interesting as possible, and finish it with some careful coloring and background.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2nd Grade - Symmetrical Monsters

A classic since the beginning, second graders learn a transfer technique to make both sides of their monster's face symmetrical.  It's a little tough at first, but once they get the hang of it, the results are awesome.  Take a look:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

4th Grade - Folk Monsters

I love this project.  It's so much fun from beginning to end, and the ideas the 4th graders come up with are unique, creative, and often hilarious.

I first introduce the kids to a handful of monsters from ancient japanese folk tales.  These monsters have a variety of functions in the stories:  some explain some science about the world (earthquakes or monsoons), some teach a valuable lesson (take care of your shoes, clean your bathroom), and some are just plain strange (one monster creeps around and cuts your hair for no apparent reason).  After the introduction, the fourth graders are free to come up with their own monster, and, in their picture, give clues about what the monster does.  See if you can guess in the pictures below.