My First Grade students looked at a short video about the Iditarod.
I demonstrated how to draw a dog and a sled. We also discussed the Northern Lights.
They could have as many or few dogs as they wanted.
This lesson is always a hit! Students look at pictures of owls and create a portrait of an owl of their choice. It ties in with their owl unit in science where they dissect owl pellets and learn about owls.
Grade One students at my new school did not have chalk pastels available so we did these with oil pastel. They are still lovely. I always enjoy seeing the personalities of each owl come through.
In San Diego, we have a beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden. In the spring it is full of cherry blossoms. This lesson was created for my K-1 Combo classes but I have done it with other grades.
The students learned about the cherry blossom festival and the cherry trees in Washington D.C. and our own in Balboa Park. We looked at pictures of cherry blossoms and our local Japanese garden for inspiration.
Students painted a brown branch on blue paper. They dipped their fingers in pink and red paint to make small dots for the blossoms.