Friday, April 20, 2012

1st Grade Butterfly Art with Literacy

One of my first graders came in a few weeks ago and said, "OUR BUTTERFLY CAME OUT OF ITS PUPA!!!"  Apparently, they have a little butterfly that recently broke free and was drying its wings during art.  I remember seeing that myself as a kid, and it was truly fascinating!  

(At this time, I saw this lesson: Da Vinci's Wings - Fish)

I spoke with the teachers and got a list of their vocabulary words from their butterfly unit.  They traced 3 lines onto their paper and then added their favorite vocab words in oil pastel (on construction paper).  They then used a watered-down paint and covered the whole thing for a nice visual affect.

Then, they folded a white paper in half, and drew HALF of their butterfly with oil pastel.  We then folded it and burnished it so that it would make a "ghost" image on the other half.  They added designs and then finished it off with colors of their choosing.

We cut out the butterflies and then glued them to their background!








7 comments:

  1. Awwww... they look awesome!!!! Thank you for linking me!

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    1. Thank YOU for the wonderful inspiration!

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  2. This is a wonderful, interdisciplinary lesson. You did a great job and so did the students. The finished projects are truly beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! Love your blog!

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  3. So bright and fun! Wouldn't these look lovely in a picture book?!

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    1. Thank you! You have no idea how much I admire your work with your students. Seriously inspiring - you make everything SO meaningful. I am doing your clay bird/found wood lesson with a class of 1st graders this week!

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