Second Grade Nest: June 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Art Projects for Summer




arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break


My last week in Gifted/Talented Art was much different from the previous 2 weeks. These were 30 minute blocks and I had all the kids in the program, ranging from 5-14. We didn't know beforehand that the students were that old, so I had to replan all my lessons for my oldest class after Day 1 because I was so embarrassed asking 14 year olds to watercolor (although they enjoyed it!)

Here are a few looks at some of the things that we did this week: 

arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break

arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break
Monday: We watercolored our background and glued down sand for the beach. BOY! Was this messy!! I don't think NKU was very happy with me after that class. 

arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break
Tuesday: Little kids- We learned about Andy Warhol, then drew beach umbrellas and colored them Andy style! 

arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break
Tuesday: Older kids- charcoal sketching

arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break
Wednesday: Older kids- Canvas and Acrylic painting, they loved it! I was envious that I wasn't painting a beach scene too! Their creativity really showed here because I just told them to paint something summery. I got lots of different results. 

(side note) Wednesday with the little ones, we painted with sponges, but I didn't want to post a picture of that because you can find it here: More Gifted and Talented

arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break
Thursday: We made beach plates! The kids painted the background with sponge paintbrushes, then I made clay (dough) out of salt, flour, water, and alum. Sorry I couldn't get any action shots, but I literally had an inch of dough caked onto my fingers ALL day today! 


It's been a great 3 weeks and I am so glad that I got to spend this time with these special little kiddos. These three weeks helped me remember the importance of Art in the classroom. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Making Scrapbook Owls



Classroom Decor OWLS made out of scrapbook paper- decorating the classroom with an owl theme
 

Hey guys! 
Here is my Pinspiration for this blog post.
Classroom Decor OWLS made out of scrapbook paper- decorating the classroom with an owl theme
I feel absolutely horrible, but I cannot find the original link of where the pin came from. When I repinned it into my Classroom Board, the link just goes to a blank website. Either way, it inspired me to do my first summer craft project!! 

Materials Needed:
Scrapbook paper
Owl Body template
Owl eye template
Owl beak template
Scissors
Mod Podge
Laminator

So, I gathered a huge pile of things on my living room floor and got to work last night! 
Classroom Decor OWLS made out of scrapbook paper- decorating the classroom with an owl theme


Classroom Decor OWLS made out of scrapbook paper- decorating the classroom with an owl theme



Classroom Decor OWLS made out of scrapbook paper- decorating the classroom with an owl theme

TEACHER'S. WORST. NIGHTMARE. My poor blue scrapbook paper owls got wrapped up in my laminator and never came back out... 

BUT!! I got to buy a new and improved laminator!! I'm keeping my Walmart receipt (just in case). Knock on wood!!


 Finished product:
Classroom Decor OWLS made out of scrapbook paper- decorating the classroom with an owl theme

They ended up great and I can't wait to decorate my door with these cute little owls. I can't get into school until mid-July (wet wax), so I'll have to suffer until then. 


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Click here for the Owl Themed Classroom with rainbow colors.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Science Projects for Elementary School Kids



hands-on science projects for elementary students



This week has been a lot of fun. Yes, I do miss being in my apartment or by the pool (who am I kidding- I've been on TPT all summer), but this really is a great experience. Here are a few lessons we have done this week that I think some of ya'll might enjoy. 

I am currently teaching a summer class for science. It's a gifted and talented set of students with no curriculum or outline. Just an opportunity for students to keep their minds engaged over the summer and do lots of hands on fun. 

hands-on science projects for elementary students

 Science class- learned about volcanoes. After we did the volcano vinegar/baking soda/red sugar test, they made tear art volcanoes!


hands-on science projects for elementary students
hands-on science projects for elementary students
 (Above, you can NEVER go wrong with making gooey substances. 2 cups glue + 1 cup liquid starch = 20 minutes of entertainment.

(left) Hard to see, but we made pom pom shooters. Top half of cups, bottom half of balloons, lightweight objects to shoot across the room .We made a graph of our findings. (Medium sized pom poms won). 

hands-on science projects for elementary students
 We did the carnation experiment on plant day! They haven't done the best job. Usually in Kindergarten, the petals start turning the day of, but they aren't this time around. Word to the wise- use enough food coloring. Nothing more upsetting than disappointed kids expecting pink flowers the next day. 

hands-on science projects for elementary studentsAnd as an added bonus, there were leftover flowers and Water Balls from Thursday's lesson so I made home and made myself a pretty water ball arrangement (after I played with them for an hour). I do advise you to try those water balls!! They are the neatest things! 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Art Projects Based on Childrens Literature


art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books



I have had a great amount of fun teaching these last two days so far. Sometimes, its rather fun to just do Arts and Crafts all day without following strict standards! 

Where the Wild Things Are- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
Where the Wild Things Are- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
  Students using Watercolor, crayons, markers, colored pencil, and chalk to make Wild Things!



Eric Carle inspired- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books

Eric Carle inspired- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
I worked on teaching painting styles that we saw in Eric Carle books. We did our ocean backgrounds with many different paint tools, then used different media to glue scenery into the paintings.
 



Princess and the Pea- OR any fairy tale- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
After reading The Princess and the Pea, discussing fairy tales and making a web map of things found in fairy tales, students used sponges, chalk, and acrylic paint to create castles. 




Of course I had to do an owl day! We read Owl Babies and Owl Moon and made a few owl crafts. I was really excited about the cotton ball white acrylic painting. 


Then came the CENTERS! We started by reading Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfiester.

  
Friday was Week 1's kids last day in Art, so we did four different Art centers.

We started by reading Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfiester.
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books

I grouped the students into four different groups.

1- Tissue paper fish
2- Underwater fish scene (using painting techniques we learned on Eric Carle day)
3- Make a paper plate fish, then fingerpaint.
4- Make a fish out of a CD and jewels.

They ended up really cute! 

 Group 1
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
Group 2
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books

Group 3

Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books
Group 4
Rainbow Fish- art projects related to childrens literature- elementary students read childrens books, then create crafts based off of these books