Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Aliens from Planet Symmetry


I knew my third graders were reviewing symmetry and I was tired of the old butterfly. So I decided to have them make aliens. Of course they started by picking a color for their alien, folding the paper, and then drawing a curvy line.

It was neat to see all of the different shapes that were created and the students were very excited to decorate their aliens!

Goldfish Matisse style

Goldfish a la Matisse

I came across this lesson in an old Arts and Activities magazine. I decided to try it with my kindergarten students. The results were great!

Day One: Use at least three different colored crayons to rub the paper more than halfway down. At the bottom of the page, glue squares of colored tissue paper. Cut a table from a piece of black paper and glue it on. (I had previously drawn the table line for them so all they had to do was cut)

Day Two: Use a tracer to make the fish bowl. Use blue and green markers to color the water in the fishbowl and then paint with water over the marker. While the bowl is drying, cut out goldfish and leaves. Glue the bowl, fish and leaves to the background.