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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Week of School Ideas!!!! (oops added the lesson to the bottom)

Hello blogging world art teacher friends!!! For some of you, the summer is coming to the close and the fresh smell of empty rooms and blank planners is near!!! I am in need of some great beginning of school activities. I have posted below my all time favorite first week of school activity for you!!! It was easy to set up, mess free, and made a BEAUTIFUL display (great way to start out the year) I would LOVE now, for you to post YOUR beginning of the year activities for inspiration!!! I love reading all of your blogs and use so many of your fabulous ideas!!! If you want the lesson plan for the activity below, just e-mail me and I’ll send it over! Natty241@hotmail.com

If your blog is not on my blog roll PLEASE comment or e-mail it to me so I can add you!! Ok, the lesson below is the one i was talking about. It didn’t publish earlier so here it is. I posted this last year but here it is again!

This was my first day of school project this year. It was a great way to learn their names and talk about how special and different everyone is! I did this with grades kinder through fifth and they ALL loved it! Since the students are learning the color wheel I thought it would introduce color relationships in a fun way. Each table had a different color . One color. Red table had red, blue tables had blue, yellow had yellow, and so on. Since they had markers, pencils, and crayons, it allowed for various shades and hues of the same color. The 4th and fifth graders could use 2 colors; one color and one analogus color to make the intermediate color transitions in the mural from one color to the next. For the border I put butcher paper on each table and let kinder and first draw and paint different kinds of lines with their lines and color lesson, then cut it into strips to use for border. I glued all the index cardstogether on a looooooong piece of butcher paper in color order to create the mural.


We talked first about drawing your face. Oval head, then ears in the middle, then hairline from one ear to the next, line for the part of the hair if its a girl, eyes where the ears are in the middle, then nose half way b/w eyes and chin, and lips half way b/w nose and chin. We looked at many different hairstyles and how to draw them from the hair line.








18 comments:

  1. oh no! we can't see your favorite project :( I'm excited to know what it is!

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  2. we can't see it!! This is my teacher work week - kids begin on Monday 23rd! Soooo early this year. my blog is ~ http://tishalou.blogspot.com/ will post some pics of my room and posters soon!
    -Tisha B

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  3. Hey Natty - you've got our curiosity going with your beginning of the year project - don't keep us in suspense too long! Here's my blog - I'll be posting more soon! http://josettebrouwer.edublogs.org/

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  4. I love this idea and shared it on my site. Hope I got the title correct!
    http://bartz-mrszwahl.blogspot.com/

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  5. Great lesson, nice blog! I just discovered you. You can see my blog "There's a Dragon in my Art Room" at http://plbrown.blogspot.com/

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  6. Goodness, this is absolutely AMAZING. Thanks so much for sharing - I LOVE it!

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  7. oh and .... would you mind if I posted your pictures and a link on my facebook page. I would love the other teachers I work with to see this.

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  8. Love the lesson and how cool it looks when it's all put together! Thanks for the neat idea!!!

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  9. This looks AMAZING displayed. I am totally going to do this. If I have huge classes of 40 I'll do a letter of their name. If classes are manageable I'll dive in and do portraits prob. a little later. My students and I talk A LOT about rules the first two weeks. Too much for me just enough for them. How do you teach the rules anything fun?

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  10. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments!!! Now it is your turn to post your faorites. I also like seeing pictures of others art rooms and tips for organization of materials and class management strategies. I will post pics and my management and procedure ideas later this week!

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  11. This looks like it would be a really great project. Thank you for telling us about it in your blog.

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  12. I love this! I will be scraping my caterpillar project for the week to do this one! We are 3 weeks into the school year, but what the hay!? this is great! I teach K-2 and usually wait to do self portraits, but this is too good! It's a great way to teach them the color table were they sit also! Thanks for the share! Best school year ever to you! Vicki

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  13. I love it too!! Thanks so much for sharing this idea. For art teachers who see every student in the school (and maybe 2 or more schools), it can be overwhelming to learn every child's name those first few days (and remember all of them from the year before!). Thanks for this great idea. I'd also be happy to have my blog added to your blogroll. If I figure out how to do that on my blog I'll add yours to mine too :) (we have the same quote on the top of our blog -- it's where I got the name for my blog actually!).

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  14. Very neat! Please visit me at
    funart4kids.blogspot.com

    Lori

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  15. What a cool project! Love the color transitions.

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  16. I love your ideas! I will keep checking!

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  17. Thank you so much for this idea!!! I recently did this as the opening project for the school year with my 1-6th graders and they loved it. I linked to your post on my blog about the project: http://ArtGoneLoco.blogspot.com/

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