I happen to work in a fabulous school. I feel very lucky to not only have a fantastic group of kids to work with, but also a phenomenal staff to work with. I work in a wing that has four classrooms and this year we have two grade one classes and two grade two classes. The four teachers all work together fantastically.
I was walking down the hallway a few days ago, and came upon this...
This idea is easy to do with first graders. First the children were told to paint a white circle in the top left corner. They needed to try and paint it away from the edge of the paper a bit.
Now as far as I can tell, you could manage this lesson a few ways. The first way would be for the teacher to mix the paint to get the various hues of blue by gradually adding blue paint to white paint. You could pre-mix it and have all the little cups with the various shades of blue all lined up and the kids make a larger circle and then move to the next darker blue, and make another circle...
...and then move to the next shade of blue and paint again, etc. etc. Or, with older children, the kids could mix their own paint. Start with the white on a pallette board and then gradually add more blue, and have the children mix the colour and paint the next ring, then mix the next colour themselves, and then paint it, etc. etc.
These little haunted houses are foam stickers from a craft store. The children glued them on the dry painting and then coloured in the windows with a white pencil crayon. The ground and the trees were added with a black sharpie. The children were told not to make the trees taller than the house.
Being the amazing and experienced teacher that she is, Rozana added a Language Arts component by adding the traditional poem "In a Dark, Dark Wood" to the display. You could take this and make some writing, or reading activities to go with the poem.
I hope you enjoyed this idea. Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think!