Sunday, February 19, 2012

birds of a feather


My third grade teachers are loving their hallways. Why? 
Because flocks of birds are hanging around their classrooms! 
One class created painted paper bird houses with paintedpaper birds another 
with flowering vines.
We used all geometric shapes to create this project. 

Circles, semi-circles, triangles, rectangles, and ovals for the birds.

Pentagons, rectangles, and circles for the bird house. 



Another class painted morning glory vines and flowers then added a painted paper bird




we looked at the poem


WHY THE MORNING GLORY CLIMBS
(Author Unknown)

Once the Morning-Glory was flat on the ground. She grew that way, and she had never climbed at all. Up in the top of a tree near her lived Mrs Jennie Wren and her little baby Wren. The little Wren was lame; he had a broken wing and couldn't fly. He stayed in the nest all day. But the mother Wren told him all about what she saw in the world, when she came flying home at night. She used to tell him about the beautiful Morning-Glory she saw on the ground. She told him about the Morning-Glory every day, until the little Wren was filled with a desire to see her for himself.
"How I wish I could see the Morning- Glory!" he said.
The Morning-Glory heard this, and she longed to let the little Wren see her face. She pulled herself along the ground, a little at a time, until she was at the foot of the tree where the little Wren lived. But she could not get any farther, because she did not know how to climb. At last she wanted to go up so much, that she caught hold of the bark of the tree, and pulled herself up a little. And little by little, before she knew it, she was climbing.
And she climbed right up the tree to the little Wren's nest, and put her sweet face over the edge of the nest, where the little Wren could see.
That was how the Morning-Glory came to climb.


then we started to painted our beautiful morning glory vine and flowers.






Week Two: we created the birds using the geometric shapes 





I let them choose their bird's eye:
Sharpie, construction paper or you guessed it-
 Wiggle Eyes! I am always amazed at how much kids love these! 
Never take the fun out of creating because that is when the learning begins!




8 comments:

  1. That display has Spring written all over it! The kids did a great job! :)

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  2. this is so pretty....i love the idea!

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  3. this makes me really ready for spring!! beautiful birds :)

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  5. I just found this through Pinterest and I love this idea! I am doing this with my first graders this week. I love your site...I am jealous that other states have art teachers - my kids have me, myself and I and I am not an artist, but I'm getting better. Thanks for the great site!

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  6. I love your ideas and am so grateful that you share. I am not very creative so having wonderful people like you to share your fantastic ideas allows me to take your creativity back to my classroom and allows me to provide my children with new art experiences that I couldn't create on my own. So.. a HUGE thank you from me!

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