Thursday, November 13, 2014

joshua trees and sunset skies.

My 2nd lesson of the 3rd grade shape unit is focusing on natural shapes. For this project I am sharing one of my favorite places with the kids- Joshua Tree National Park. I'm sharing sunset photos taken at the park that make the natural shapes of the trees really pop out from the background sky colors. I share a little about how Joshua trees got their name and how they are built for the desert. When looking at the photos we also notice how the trees that are closer are big and they get smaller as they get further away.

The how to for the lesson is pretty simple- draw  the ground line with crayon and fill below it, add large, bold tree as a funky capital Y, add smaller tree/s, add a few more branches, add spiky "leaves" to each of the branches, lightly draw cloud shapes in pencil, and paint the sky. Ba da bing, ba da boom.

Students finish early enough to complete an exit slip that allows them to reflect on this project and their Book of Life abstractions from the week before.

This lesson has also got me super stoked for our camping trip to Joshua Tree for Thanksgiving break! A week of amazing sunsets and rock scrambling while calling our vintage camper, Cecil, our home base:) I can not wait!


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