Thursday, January 26, 2012

Snowglobe Stories & Art

Just for fun we did some activities with Snow Globes! I have a collection of Snow Globes I put out in the wintertime at my house. So  I bring a few into class the day we read 
The Snow Globe Family.

This cute picture had an "Angry Bird" flying overhead....hehe....so cute! 
 Some of my snowglobes are large and have snow scenes inside  but others are just snowmen  I have a Valentine one that has a heart inside and snows red glitter.
 We all brainstorm and come up with ideas on the board for characters to write adventures in a snowglobe for writing workshop.





















 And we watch the PIXAR Youtube about a poor snowman stuck inside a cold snowglobe. It is really cute.
I added it a little further down this post.

Description under our  Bulletin Board....

This author does the "Fancy Nancy" stories and Nina Ballerina series too.....

Here are our finished Snow Globe Stories....out in the hallway ....I typed up their titles and
we glued them onto the Snowglobe black  bases....

Creative Snowglobe stories for writing workshop.....

I loved some of their cool illustrations too.....

We shared our stories after we were done.....and used our best expression....

Lots of stories were about winter activities....some were about  the
character wanting to escape his snowglobe...
Here's a snowglobe sticker art project from
 Oriental Trading










This will be Super fun! We will start by reading The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor who also wrote the Fancy Nancy and Nina Ballerina series of stories.   Start out by having the kids talk about their own families and who they want in their story.   Then we'll do a brainstorm and list the main characters, and of course the setting of their story will be inside a snowglobe. But there must be some sort of problem that happens. Write a list of 12 different kinds of winter problems that could happen inside of a snow globe.

The snow globe family [Book]
Reading The Snowglobe Family is where we will start the activity.....
A great website that had lots of neat pictures of kids' snowglobe art was HERE at Faithful Attempt Blogspot.
We are working on using really interesting describing words....and some adverbs too! 
Can you find some $100 dollar words in any of these? 
We went through the entire writing process....
I forgot to have the kids add some silver glitter glue for snowflakes....
That would add a lot to the artwork I bet...
Now, the problem will have to be very creative... as a class we brainstorm problems a child could have being stuck in a snowglobe...boredom, snowball fights, ice skating or skiing competitions, making a new kind of hot chocolate drink, sledding down a too-steep mountain, building a snowman that comes alive, reading by the fire that keeps going out, or maybe getting sick of winter?  Maybe the problems could be something they want that they see outside the globe, but they can't have it....kind of like how the Little Mermaid wanted legs to go live on land. Then the kids will have to come up with their own solutions.
The kids also learned that they can capitalize Title Words.....

So they all made up Titles for their Stories.....
You should have heard them discussing and sharing creative titles....so funny! 
I definitely have the best job in the world....I get to crack up hourly at the
funny things they say and do.....gotta love em....
Great job by everyone! 
Pretty Snowglobe Art projects.....
They all worked hard. going through the sloppy copy, editing, and  then
doing their final copies and illustrations.....
We have 28 cute snowglobe stories out in the hall with darling art.....We used sharpie markers to outline
to make our artwork stand out a bit more...that is a trick I learned from an art teacher....
We drew a favorite scene from our stories cut from 7 inch circles on white construction paper. Then we put a black "holder" on the back which is just a giant black triangle.

A Pixar Youtube short movie we'll watch to get our creative juices flowing. It is very cute.  

 I encourage the kids to write about something funny that actually happened at their house (losing something important, a mess that was made, a family outing to a favorite place, somebody's special day, etc.)
Finished stories with Titles typed up and glued on the black triangles of the snowglobes....
 This is a great winter bulletin board. And it's a lot more fun than the January "Here are our New Year's Goals" bulletin board.

A craft I thought was cute but kinda too much work I saw on the Martha Stewart Website HERE. It is a snowglobe made from small baby food and olive jars, glitter, glycerin and distilled water.

Ideas are from the Clever Feather Art blog
Baltimore snowglobe
These were pictures I got inspiration from....but I liked our class' snowglobes the best....



 Happy New Year everybody!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pop Up Books

We finished our Ocean Animal Pop Up Books awhile ago and I forgot to post them here on the blog. So although they've been done a few weeks, here are the cute pop up books we made.


Ocean Animal Pop Up Books....

We read books, made lots of lists of facts.....


Then made the covers for our books.....


Then we colored a page of ocean animals and started to write up some of the facts....

Everyone chose different animals.....

And wrote up whatever facts they found....


We got lots of cool information from these Weekly Readers and Scholastic News Science Editions....
The best money your education dollar can buy in my opinion.... 


Then we did backgrounds for each of the 4 to 5 pages.....

Some did 7 animals....some did 10 .....

They turned out nice I thought.....


Our Ocean Animals Pop Up Books....

Whales, dolphins, sharks, octopus, jellyfish, sea stars....etc......

Hope you enjoyed them.....


Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Day

We honor a great American hero today; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
My students learned about him, wrote about him, and drew pictures of him.....


Martin Luther King pictures....

2nd graders imagining Dr. King as a pastor giving a sermon in church....

Dr. King giving a speech for America....

We all think Martin Luther King was a great man...

We read a big book on Martin Luther King....Read a timeline of facts about him... and read 3 Scholastic Newspapers about him....then we wrote our own dreams for the world.....


Here  are some activities we did last year for Martin Luther King's birthday.
 




So we do a portrait of Dr. King and put it on the bulletin board along with writing projects by the students about  what their "dreams" for the world would be.  It's always funny to see things like: "I dream that there will be no more bad guys"....and stuff like that.  But it's good to get kids to synthesize what they learn in a new way. So I do it for that reason.  Hey, world peace isn't just for the Miss America Pageant you know! 

Kids don't like littering, war, or bullying.....there are some things we can do at 7 years old to make the world better!  


They can stand up to bullying at school.....they can pick up litter where they find it....they can make the world better! 


A picture of a sign during Martin Luther King's time....they kids all see how unfair it is....why didn't the adults see it? 


It is always amazing to me that the kids are shocked by the unfairness they see in actual primary source photos of the time. When I show them the pictures of "colored bathroom only" signs in the book, or the "blacks sit to the back of the bus" signs, and I ask them, "Do you guys think this is fair?" they always will unitedly chorus in the negative. It is amazing that the adults of that time didn't think it unfair. 

I like this pretty stained glass window in the background of the church....and notice Dr. King holding a flag?  Cool! 

Kids know what the problems in our world are, it shows up in their own creative writing....

We wrote about the example Dr. King set for us and how we can all make the world a better place too.

This student thought "puppy mills" should stop.....I think that is  cute....we didn't talk about puppy mills per se,
but it goes to show that kids really do think, and learn from topics of the day they hear on the news.  


Happy Birthday Dr. King.  You showed us that one person in this world really CAN make a difference.

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