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Lesson Plans

Re: great lessons for 1st grade

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Fri, 26 Nov 1999 13:43:11 EST

One lesson we just finished involves studying cityscapes (in particular one
called the Woolworth Building by kathy Jakebson). The students then look at
the buildings and find all of the geometric shapes. We then discuss things
you would find in a city and things you would see at night. (Cars, buildings,
roads, signs, people, trees-stars, moon, airplanes, streetlights on, ans so
The students then draw their idea of a city on 9x12 white construction paper
using a pencil. They then color everything but the sky with crayons making
sure to color in all of the shapes and press down. I stress that bright
colors work best and to color in the windows with bright colors (Yellow or
white) and to color clouds with white crayon. After having the coloring
approved, each student goes to the painting table (which I set up near the
sink) and paint their entire paper using thin black tempera paint. They then
thake their painting to the sink where I help rinse off the paint. Their
painting is revealed like magic! The paint does not stick to the crayon,
creating a crayon resist and they have a nighttime cityscape.
You can also do this with watercolors, but I have a hard time getting them to
do a smooth wash.
Good luck.J

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