For years I have been trying to teach the difference between warm colors and cool colors. I’ve had the students watch videos, look at paintings to show mood, wear t-shirts in a line.  I even have my classroom (table groups) divided into warm colors and cool colors.  Nothing helped these kids remember the difference between warm colors and cool colors…until….

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In an effort of collaboration with a first grade teacher, I focused some time on the author/illustrator Todd Parr.  If you don’t know him, he writes funny and heartwarming books filled with simple yet colorful illustrations.  Continue reading

This project was done at the beginning of the year, as a way to get the kids into the art room, working together, while we “waited” for more students to arrive from their summer vacations.  It was such a huge success that many students put their finished socks into the art show, and I am planning on doing this activity with more classes and developing it as I go. Continue reading

Want a super fun lesson to teach first graders about salt’s effect on watercolors? Make space.   Continue reading

I’ve seen lots and lots of lessons online about penguins but for some reason, I never did them.  Then I read this book to my kinders:

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For the past four years, I’ve been teaching kinders how to create the Rainbow Fish.  Saw it on the Internet, I’m sure, and thought, “Gee, this looks fun.”  I’ve read all the Rainbow Fish books, including, Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue, etc.  All the Rainbow Fish books, EXCEPT for the first one.  And let me tell you, the story sucks.  Continue reading

This lesson was only supposed to take one day.  But it was so fun, it took three.  Continue reading