Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Neon Animals Adaptations

This has been one of my favorite art lessons since I have been back. We have been talking all about NC zoo animals in art and how they are able to survive in their particular environment. I found a little lesson idea about animal adaptations, on the NC Zoo Website, that I used to start off with. See Lesson plan and attached worksheet I did. For more information about the North Carolina Zoo please go to:
http://www.nczoo.org/. Info about the activity analyzing animals on their site:  http://www.nczoo.org/education/EducatorResources/AnalyzingAnimals.pdf

I did get the idea for using Neon Colors from Smart Class blog, one of my favorite sites for teaching inspiration. Here is her link. http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/2011/11/zebras-tigers-and-giraffes-oh-my.html

This lesson I created. I takes about 4 days. In my schedule I see the same fourth grade every day for a week, so this lesson takes about the entire week. Here is my lesson plan.

After we discussed and completed out worksheet/group activity students began their own animals drawings. I decided to open up the lesson with any animal, including zoo, farm, and pets. I did have several photos of animal portraits from the internet printed for students to look at. I was very particular about the animals, and chose only ones I thought would be easy to just draw the head of that would fill up an entire space with.
Here are just a few examples.







lion- Please ignore flip. Blogger just wont turn it. 





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