SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2009

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Early Childhood Studio Lesson Learning with armadillo ray Kathy Hubbard and Chelsea Terrell A rmadillo Ray, by John aca, Mexico. The project resulted in a Beifuss, is the tale of a mural display in the school library. young, curious armadillo who wants to know what Objectives the moon is. He is joined in his quest Students will: by snakes, prairie dogs, sage grouse, • draw a landscape that includes an and owls. The beauty of the book animal from the story. is its simplicity, illustrations and • understand that different animals landscapes, and its potential links to live in different areas. reading, geogra• identify animals phy, science, and by their shapes. The beauty of the book is mathematics. • recognize the its simplicity, illustrations We decided to words that idenand landscapes, and its use Armadillo tify the animals potential links to reading, Ray to help nonand objects in the geography, science, and English speaking story. students learn and • paint an animal mathematics. understand Engusing a stencil and lish. We developed a set of lessons for create a pattern on the animal in a kindergarten and first-grade migrant contrasting color. students in Statesboro, Georgia, and • create a quilt-like mural with their non-English speaking students in Oaxstencil paintings. 24 March 2009 SchoolArts Word Recognition Read aloud Armadillo Ray. Question students about the moon in the story and where the animals are found in nature. Display words and photos of the animals from the story to assist in word recognition. Making a Landscape Arrange students in small table groups. Show them how to create a landscape with a foreground. Fold 12 x 18" white paper in thirds lengthwise. The bottom fold will be the horizon line. Using the front cover of Armadillo Ray as a model, draw mountains in pencil on top of the horizon line to make a middle ground. Next, draw a road starting from the bottom corner of the page, starting out wide, ending up narrow to the horizon line. Draw a large armadillo in front so it appears

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