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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Painted Paper Flower Color Wheels! Eric Carle's "The Tiny Seed"


Kinders are learning about color and how the color wheel works. We started this project by first listening to Miss Oetken read Eric Carle's "The Tiny Seed" aloud. We also learned about the life cycle of a seed and the journey it goes on growing into a plat/flower. We noticed the cover had a large painted paper flower on it for the illustration. I reminded students that this is same artist/illustrator as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".  For our first session (this is a 2 or 3 part assignment) of 30 minutes I read the book "The Tiny Seed" and then each table was in charge of just one color and each person (4) painted paper with that color paint (12x18 pieces of paper). I informed the students we would be sharing these as a class and I would be cutting them up, so no words or names please! I was in charge of "indigo" for the rainbow. I showed students how to texturize their choice of painted paper. They could make line designs or pattern, they could use a comb through it, they could paint it solid, or they could paint it solid and then draw into it using the end of the handle of their brush. Then dry on the drying rack.

2nd classtime: Before they came the next time, I had cut all the paper for their class into 3x6 pieces to cut petals out of. I sorted them by color into  cool whip containers or whatever containers available. I started class by having a color wheel out and explained the color wheel is a guide for us to understand how color works, how colors are mixed and what you get when you mix colors together, and why is there a gray circle in the middle? That's why we'll have a gray center of our flower!  I showed students how to draw with a pencil a petal on the WHITE SIDE preserving the nice painted side. I also demonstrated how the petals need to all touch and go on top of one another around in a circle (radial design). This can be tough for some students at this age. So demonstrating with precut petals and showing how they all need to touch in the middle works OR simply draw a small circle so that the students have something to 'touch' the ends of the petal to. It gives them a guide.

 I mentioned that you should only take one petal at a time to cut and then glue, and then you're ready for another one to be completed and so on. This worked better for my students. Sometimes if you don't mention this, you'll end up with a student with all his/her work cut out and NONE of it glued, and then it's lost, and then next time they have to start over! SO this is a good rule of thumb. Most of my students only got as far as getting all the petals cut out.

3rd session: This is our finishing day! I showed and reviewed the color order to double check with students that they had the correct order of the rainbow and we talked about ROY-G-BIV and explained that. I had 4 stations. Gray paper square station, grass stations (forks with green paint), and butterfly station. We have yogurt cups and I said to trace the bottom of it on the gray paper to get a perfect circle for the flower center and glue on. Next green painted paper scraps for the stem and leaf. Next station, butterflies. I just cut pieces of left over tissue paper into about 3 inch squares and showed the students to twist in the center and apply large glue dot to paper and attach.  Draw antennae with pencil. Last step, grass station where the students used green paint with forks and rock back and forth to achieve the green grass on the bottom of the paper. Drying rack then take home next time.

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