Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to draw a Lion

OK, they're back! The five minute daily doodle. This one is how to draw a lion. They are adorable!
Look mommy, that cage doesn't have a bottom!  I think it's a TRAP!  The lion's going to eat us!
Tropical Lions.
Super  Lion  loves me!
Too young to be caged.
A lion being born?
That sun is so money!
Lions eat aliens?
Another alien being eaten by a lion with glasses.
Man with lazer eyes zaps man through lion.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Stella Love

Well, I think Stella (my therapy dog partner) has won over the whole campus. I used to walk down the halls and have students yell their hellos to me, wave, and hug me. I felt pretty darn popular. Now Stella has taken over. When I walk in the door with her all the kids scream her name, wave to her, ask to pet her - even when I don't have her they ask me how she is and when she's coming to visit. It's like I'm not even there...yep, now I'm old news. I do have to share some adorable love notes that I'm getting. Oh, they're not for me! They're for Stella. They ask me to give them to her. So Stella has a folder of love notes now.
Here's Stella hard at work. Students love reading to her.
I must say, it's pretty awesome to take your best friend to work with you. To know that she's helping and spreading love to our students is even more awesome. Go Stella!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Shapes and the Bad Cat

I happened to pick up a book at Half Priced Books...just a reach out and grab without caring what I picked up...and low and behold it was the CUTEST childrens book I've ever read! It was so good that I thought I'd create a lesson plan around it. Let me warn you that this was a tedious lesson but the students had a blast, and learned about shapes, and background, and sharpened their collage making skills. So what was the book you ask? It was "Bad Cat Puts On His Top Hat" by Tracy McGuinness.
I read the book to the students (2nd & 3rd Grade), then we talked about geometric shapes, organic shapes, background and foreground, collage and of course we went over scissor rules and how to use a glue stick. I demonstrated how to draw the body of the cat on black paper using a construction paper crayon. I had circles for them to trace, we know how aggravating it is to free hand a circle.
Then we made circles for the eyes, a top hat, the nose, mouth and teeth. The background they created on their own. For second grade we labeled each part of the cat so we'd be able to put it together. This took 5 - 45 minute classes to finish, but let me show you how awesome they are. WARNING: You may be overwhelmed by cuteness.