I’ve been wanting to try these paper hyacinth flowers for a few years now, but to be honest, I was afraid!
I was worried that I’d end up with a classroom full of frustrated students who were unable to curl the petals and wanted me to do it for them! So, I decided to try it in small groups, just to be safe, and we talked a lot about our growth mindset before we started. As it turns out, my fears [Read More…]
We made these cute little geckos in our classroom during art time, and they turned out so well that I’ve made another simple tutorial to show how easy it is!
You will need green and black paper, glue, scissors, and chalk pastels (similar to soft chalk). You could change the colors to suit what you have available.
If you’d like to see more step-by-step photo tutorials, you can choose from these huge collections of art lessons for elementary classrooms. Each has lots of [Read More…]
We’ve decided to embrace the idea of STEM in our classroom.
We’ve also explored STEM outside of the classroom! This is where creativity flourishes and students feel the freedom to be themselves and let their natural curiosity lead them.
Since almost everything we’ve done this year has fallen under the category of “integrated learning”, I’m not surprised that my students have completely embraced STEM projects.
Projects that integrate science, math, engineering, art and more? Sounds fantastic, especially when we bring it outside where [Read More…]
Here’s another fun and easy art project for those long winter days!
It’s all done with ripped paper, which gives the finished piece a unique look.
You will need:
1 sheet per student of colored blue and white paper (of the same size)
assorted colors of scrap paper
white hole punched paper
First make the snow bank. Rip the white paper sheets roughly in half slowly, making a wavy line. Both sides of the white paper can then be used to create a snowbank. Just [Read More…]
There’s a lot of attention on integrated learning. Many schools are moving away from the traditional “single subject blocks” model to a multi-subject, project-based model.
Here’s a quick video from Edutopia to explain the benefits of this approach.
Click for Introduction Video
Project-based learning is perfect for this kind of approach. Why? Within each project there are multiple problems to solve. Each problem is drawing from knowledge in various subject areas.
Our school adopted Genius Hour as another way to facilitate project-based integrated learning. [Read More…]
Looking for some fun and easy Christmas crafts for class? I have some ideas to share!
Here are some cute little winter craft ideas that my grade 2 students tried this year.
Two Wreath Crafts
First, you can make this simple curled paper wreath with just a few supplies. Click the picture or HERE to download the step by step photo tutorial. Give it a try, and then tuck it away into your winter art files to use year after year!
We also made [Read More…]
Today I am sharing the steps involved in making this lovely, but simple, winter dove. Just follow the pictures below.
I always have lots of extra supplies handy because my students always want to make an extra dove once they grasp the process. And why stop at white doves? The birds look wonderful made with colorful paper and tissue as well.
*Teacher Tip: For younger students, show them how to fold the bird’s body in half (so the beak touches the tail) to [Read More…]
Does your class study arctic animals? Do you research penguins or other arctic animals? I have a great simple penguin craft to add to your lesson planning.
We make these cute penguins every year and they are always fun, simple and hilarious.
If you’d like to try them, follow the pictures below. You won’t need a lot of supplies – just orange, black and white paper. You’ll need some glue and scissors, and that’s it!
I have been collecting the [Read More…]
Each year we study Winter and our classroom transforms into a winter wonderland of crafts! Here are a few of the cute projects we do, along with links to other blog posts or tutorials I’ve made.
Polar Bear Art
If you’d like to try this, I have a complete tutorial.
Click here to see it and give it a try with your students! It’s easier than it looks, I promise!
We made two kinds of snowflakes this winter.
The snowflakes on the mural above are [Read More…]
Teaching about kindness and acceptance seems more important than ever, especially at Christmas.
Here’s a fun and FREE activity to share with your class or children.
It’s very easy: just cut out and assemble the two pieces of Santa’s loooooong beard, and then give Santa a trim each day after completing the act of kindness written in each section.
There are three versions included: black and white, color, and EDITABLE, so you can add your own acts of kindness to each section.
Click HERE to download it for Christmas [Read More…]