Age 6-8 yrs | Year 2-3 | 2 Sessions
I talked about the weather with my Year 2 class. We discussed how many changes are in one year, and what characteristics each season has. And how the seasons make us feel. They pointed out that a lot of changes happen to trees. That brought us to the meaning of the circle of life, and the tree of life.
Then we decided to draw it.
What You'll Need:
Black Markers (Optional)
What To Do:
DRAW THE TREE
We used A3 paper for this project. I first showed them how to draw a tree with only branches. Then we practiced using a ruler by separating the page into 4 quarters.
ADD SEASONAL DETAILS
Before we moved on to drawing the details, we talked about what we notice happens to the weather in each season. Then we drew things like having fun in the summer time, climbing trees, flowers blooming, snow on the branches, icicles, santa, leaves falling off branches, halloween.. the list goes on.
TEACHER TIP: Both my Year 2 classes showed some difficulty drawing a bare tree and its branches, and others couldn’t remember which areas to draw in, and ended up drawing clouds and things inside the tree branches positive space instead of outside in the atmospheres negative space. So I suggest colouring the tree bark in first before adding the fun seasonal details.
COLOUR IT IN
I wanted this to be a project for them to stretch their colouring abilities and colour the whole A3 page leaving nothing white except for something like snow or clouds. I’m always encouraging and reminding my young students to fill up the page! When it comes to colouring they always draw that thin blue line at the top as the sky and a thin green line at the bottom for the grass. Use the entire paper – paper is to be used!
Free Time Fun!
If they finished with extra time before clean up I gave them a Copy Cat Drawing Practice. They love these, and I notice they tend to work harder to finish their project just to get one of these activity sheets. They already know I’ll send them back to their desks if they come to me with unfinished, scribbled or rushed work.
Have you tried this lesson? Leave a comment!