Thursday, April 26, 2012


For our Treasures unit this month, we need to teach idioms so these are some cards I made to help illustrate idioms: You can get them at TPT for 1.50

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This is an ancor chart I did for generating questions. I will admit I get a little carried away with the drawing! So I like to color! What's wrong with that?!

Monday, April 9, 2012

How to Draw Art Book

For Christmas last year I gave my school kids, granddaughter, and neighbor kids a copy of this book with pencils and an art pad. They loved it. At parent conferences the parents told me that their children used them all the time. Kids don't always know where to begin and it starts by putting shapes together and a few simple  tips. My class art quality went through the roof!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Math Model Drawing Posters

 These are poster I have been working on for math model drawing. I hope they help someone. You can find it at TPT.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We did the lesson using a float the penny lesson on Lakeshore. 

 These are our rain forest pictures. We started by reading The Great Kapok Tree. Then I modeled on the Elmo how to draw a trunk of a tree, talking about how you can see the roots. We talked about how your imagination will finish images that go off the page. These images are not cropped. Then I passed out photographs of rain forest plants and animals. The kids drew a few animals. Then I told them to fill in the trunk with some designs that reminded them of the rain forest. We sharpied (black permanent marker) them and erased any pencil lines. Then we colored them making sure we colored to the edge of the page. I hand out a 'desk protector' which is a big piece of poster paper that they can get messy and it sure makes clean up easy. It also makes it so the sharpie doesn't get on our tables. I was so proud of my class! Every single child did a great job and hung in there! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fraction books made from CD covers

This is a fraction book that our staff developer showed us. I made papers to go in them. You can get a copy at TPT. You can have the kids draw it and then pull them out, or just leave them in. They are a great visual. Thanks Brooklyn!