The beautiful tall poplar tree was one of Monet's favorite subject matter. Third grade students created their interpretation of Claude's tree which included tall and thin trunks with delicate leaves. We looked at our inspirational posters displayed in the classroom and read a delightful poem of such trees.
The Popular Poplar Tree
by Blanch Willis Howard
When the great wind sets things whirling
And rattles the window panes,
And blows the dust in giants
And dragons tossing their manes;
When the willows have waves like water,
And children are shouting with glee;
When the pines are alive and the larches -
Then hurrah for you and me,
In the tip o' the top o' the top o' the tip of
the popular poplar tree!
Don't talk about Jack and the Beanstalk -
He did not climb half so high!
And Alice in all her travels
Was never so near the sky!
Only the swallow, a-skimming
The storm-cloud over the lea,
Knows how it feels to be flying -
When the gusts come strong and free -
In the tip o' the top o' the top o' the tip ofthe popular poplar tree!
Our inspirational wall
Day One: After examining Monet's work
students painted clouds, ground (grass) and slender trunks of the poplars.
Students picked what season they would like their poplars to be in Spring/Summer or Fall.
The background border also complemented the leaves of the trees.
Extra paint was used to paint paper! No paint is ever wasted!