Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Leaves Artwork

This past week, we talked about the upcoming fall season.  We read one of my favorite fall books - Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert, and made leaf animals of our own.
Firefly

reindeer

butterfly
It's hard to see the pencil on the green paper, but they wrote the sounds they heard for each animal.  It was fun to see the creative way they put the shapes together!  In the past, we've used real leaves, but it's kind of early in the season for that, and when I've used real leaves, the pictures always end up being kind of a mess with leaf pieces crumbling off.  I thought these turned out much better!

We also worked on our fine motor skills with these tissue paper trees:

This was a great independent activity.  Students glued down a construction paper trunk and a few branches, then added the tissue paper leaves.  To make the leaves, I just cut squares of tissue paper.  The students used the eraser end of a pencil to wrap the paper around, then dip and glue.  Pinching the tissue paper around the pencil helped them practice their pencil grips! 

Simple, quick, but fun project!  Now, I'm off to get all our activities ready for Apple Week!

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