Before spring officially arrives... here are the first grade snowmen!
The first graders and I both enjoy this project immensely. After repeating this lesson six years in a row, I still chuckle as I unload the drying rack the next day...
In class, we read Caralyn & Mark Buehner's book Snowmen at Night. What would YOUR snowman do if he came to life at night? Over the years, I have seen snowman pirates, artists, clowns, surfers, saxophone players, princesses, vikings, and even the sheriff.
After drawing our ideas with oil pastel and adding a horizon line, we learn to mix bright, exciting colors in the sky (we use tempera blocks). We also mix colors with white to create shadows in the snow. C-shaped shadows on the snowmen make them look round.
A few delightful snowpeople from this year: