This image provides a clear cut introduction to the different parts of a tree. Trunk, branches, and leaves. Fruit too, but the classes weren't able to get to that last piece in the hour we had together.
When I shared this picture with my classes we identified the parts of the trees, the different light and dark colors we saw, and how the background color got lighter as it went down the paper.
The students focused on these aspects in the lesson. Plus, they got some practice cutting, gluing, and pattern making.
I started the hands on part of the lesson with a demo on how to make a color lighter by adding more water to it. This part of the project was pretty mellow. Calm kids going back and forth, back and forth with their brushes to fill the space. When finished, students put their papers at the back of their table to dry.
Then we focused on making leaves, trunks, and branches. Students made straight cuts to make trunks and branches out of two pieces of different value brown paper. They also cut leaves out of different color value green sheets. To make the leaves, students folded the paper before drawing and cutting, so that they would cut out two shapes at once.
Once they had finished pattern making, they got their painted backgrounds from the back of their tables, so that they could glue the different parts together.
Before students glued on the parts, I asked them to place the pieces on the background where they wanted them to go. I told them the trunks should touch the bottom of the paper. I modeled how to cut or tear smaller pieces of brown to make branches. Once they had a plan, they were allowed to glue. Then, they could place and glue the leaves where they wanted to see them on their trees. I emphasized that they could overlap leaves and trees to make parts look they were in front of others.
I gotta say, I really like the way these turned out. Interesting choices and arrangements all around the kinder classes.
I put a few of them together. Kinda cool to think of them as a longer panorama:)