Thursday, September 17, 2009
What A Fine Line!
Kinder and first grade are examining, inspecting and experimenting with the world of lines this week in a variety of exploration stations. Students are allowed to move freely from station to station throughout the entire class period. As long as they are working on lines, they can spend as much time at whatever table they like!
Drawing Lines:Students practiced drawing all sorts of different lines.
Straight, curvy, wavy, zig zag, dotted, jagged... and many students' personal favorite, the spiral!
Overlapping lines makes for a very interesting composition! One student cut a wavy line out of the top of her drawing and turned it into a crown!!
Students used their spatial skills to arrange and build lines out of colored tiles.
A long line turned into a caterpillar! Stacking horizontal lines on top of each other created a pyramid! Stacking individual tiles made vertical lines that looked like towers!
Here is a cool 3-D zig-zag line! A curvy line can be used to make a rainbow! Layering tiles to make a line and sorting colors were fun learning activities too!
Students practice using scissors to "draw" lines. When a line is cut from one edge of the paper to the other, a new shape is made!
Cutting a spiral line makes a really cool pop-out shape. Cutting paper with lots of straight lines makes shapes like squares and rectangles.
Many of the shapes we created reminded us of things we see in nature - like mountains, birds, flowers and ocean waves!
Students used yarn to arrange different kinds of lines on the table.
They also practiced cutting to make the lines different lengths. Students realized that they could connect the lines to make letters, too! The lines were also linked together to make shapes and pictures!
One student made a self-portrait. Another student made an alien! And look at this turtle!
Students worked together to make a large piece of mixed-media art.
Ripping and sticking tape to the paper created cool thick lines, and helped students strengthen their control of their fingers. Layering tape, crayon and sharpie lines was a fun way to collaborate!