Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: ART
Object: Children will use their imagination and motor skills to illustrate - and then move like - their favorite animals.
Warm-Up: Ask children to name their favorite animal. Encourage them to describe how that animal looks. Then invite children to pretend to be their favorite animals. They can have fun galloping, hopping, and trotting!
1 Divide children into groups of eight. Guide each group to use the chalk to draw a grid with three rows of three squares. Each square should be about two feet wide.
2 Ask children to each draw a picture of their favorite animal in one of the squares. Have children work in the squares along the edge of the grid, leaving the center square empty. Children can work individually on their pictures, using a variety of colors of chalk. Ask children to name the animal they drew, and label each picture.
3 When children are finished with their drawings, walk around the squares and ask each child to tell the group about his or her favorite animal. Invite children to explain why that animal is their favorite.
4 Ask each group of children to vote on the animal they like the most out of all those drawn by their group. Then suggest that all the children work together to draw the group's favorite animal in the center square of the grid.
5 Play "Animal Scramble." Sing a song or play a drum or other instrument, and let each group hop around their grid of drawings. Stop singing or drumming, and have children freeze where they are and pretend to be the animal whose picture they're standing on!
Spin-Off: Draw a story together on the sidewalk. Begin by sharing a story starter and illustrating it. Then invite each child to take a turn adding and illustrating a sentence. Use children's illustrations to retell the story together.
Discover what a little imagination can do with some chalk or a crayon.
All Upon a Sidewalk Jean C. George
Chalk Doll Charlotte Pomerantz
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson