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Be Kind Projects… Project #2

For my First Graders: I read the book Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller to the 1st graders. I then had them use the version of the ‘If you can be anything, be kind’ page where they add their own pop art. This is the page that goes with the coloring sheets that the Kinders finished in my post from yesterday. They were then able to color it any color that they wanted. I encouraged them to color and draw…

Be Kind Projects….Project #1

For the last two weeks of school my art students have been working on kindness projects. It's spring, test time, and kids are itching for summer. I thought it would be a good idea to remind each other that even through stressful times we need to remember to always be kind. Each day I will reveal the project that I did with each grade level. For my kinders: I read the book Be kind by Pat Zietlow Miller (I've introduced…

Dancing….is there really a ‘right’ way to dance?

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees is a great book to teach kids about how we are all different. I used this in my Fine Arts class when we started to learn about the beat and rhythm in music. I quickly learned that a lot of my younger students had a hard time keeping the beat with just their hands. So I decided to teach beat and rhythm through dance so that they could feel it with…

Why is Q for Duck

I love using this book to teach the younger students how to infer. It takes us a couple of days to get through the book, but that provides two days of practicing the concept of inferring. It's also a great book to use to up engagement in the lesson. After we read the book, I have the students create their own. I then have them share them with the class. The students then get to make guesses on what their…

New Job!

Sorry that I haven't posted lately! I got a new job being an art/music teacher at a K-3 school near me. I have never taught an exclusive art/music class so I have been busy researching and creating lessons for the past few months. I am back and will have a lot of projects and books to share with you this week! For now here is a book that I told you about a year ago. I was able to use…

Easy Christmas Activities!

Are you looking for some last minute Christmas activities to do the week before break? Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas and Pete the Cat's 12 Groovy Days of Christmas are magical books to align activities with.  Need some activities to go along with them? Check out my friend Art by Jenny K page to see some awesome and easy last minute activities! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Art-With-Jenny-K/Category/Christmas-Holiday-137538

Memories

It's that time of year again! People at home are decorating their trees and teachers are trying to plan easy, interactive, and engaging lessons to help students (and teachers) make it to winter break!  Have your students bring in a special ornament or a picture of a special (breakable) ornament. If you have students who celebrate a different December holiday have them bring in something special that they use to decorate or celebrate. I have included a picture of one…

Imagination

The books Pig Kahuna and Pig Kahuna Pirates by Jennifer Sattler are great books to use to discuss the importance of using your imagination. The pigs take objects that they find at the beach and use their imaginations to play with them. Find some everyday objects and have your students come up with ideas as to how they could be used or played with. Then let your kids play with them and watch their imaginations soar!

Some Day

The Other Side by Jaqueline Woodson is about hope. Hope in our students, hope in our future. Hope they will tear down the fences that separate us. This book is meant to inspire simple acts of change that we see in children on a daily basis. It's time to stop saying and thinking 'That's the way it's always been'. It's time to stand up for what's right even though it might not be easy. Be the change you want to…

Acceptance and Support

The book Teddy's Favorite Toy written by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Medeline Valentine is a fantastic  book to use for teaching acceptance. You see Teddy is a boy and his favorite toy is a doll. You have to read the story to understand who the doll is a reflection of. I love how supportive his mom is and she accepts her son for who he is. She doesn't tell him he can't or shouldn't play with the doll. My…