The 4th grade just finished their elephants! It was for the Crayola Dream Makers Contest that we, the FWISD, participate in every year. I found this wonderful lesson on the crayola website. Here's the link if you're interested. http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/elephant-procession-lesson-plan/
I opened with a flip chart (powerpoint) about the Sri Lanka people and their special bond with elephants. Then I discussed the processions they have every summer and showed them images of the elephants all decked out in ornate blankets and lights.
We did a guided drawing of an elephant and then the students were to decorate their blankets and headdresses with patterns and designs. They were to use as much color as possible, since the contest theme was world of color.
The next thing they were to do was to cut out their elephants and glue them onto colored construction paper and add details to the background.