I will be starting this unit on Monday with my students, but I wanted to share what I've done in the past two years with regards to cherry blossoms. I have a power point that I use to share a little bit of the history of the cherry blossom...
-They originate in Japan
- In 1912, Japan gave the U.S. 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift of friendship.
~That is how we have them in the U.S. today!
We look at lots of beautiful pictures of cherry blossom trees from the park down in Washington D.C. as well as pictures of the trees from Japan. I use this lesson as a way to introduce drawing more realistic trees, a horizon line, and coloring the sky ALL the way to the ground. (Gulp...Phyl will dislike this, but I use the "Y" tree technique for the younger Kindergarten and 1st grade students! ;)
Here are my plans for this year's Kindergarten unit of cherry blossoms:
Our first project with be a one day project. We'll look at my power point, and then create a tempera painting of a cherry blossom branch. I've been dying to do this simple stamping project that has been floating around Pinterest, so we'll be adding the flowers by stamping pink paint using the bottoms of water bottles.
For the second project, we'll spend two days to complete it. We'll review how to draw a cherry blossom branch, and then do so with brown crayon. I'll introduce watercolor paint to the Kinders, which they haven't used yet, and we'll paint over the top of our branch to do a wax resist. The next class, we'll talk about texture and add the flowers using the crumpled tissue paper. This will give a nice segue into a texture unit for Kindergarten.
Last year I did this cherry blossom project with my 1st graders. This is what we made:
The following pictures are from a "heart blossom" project I did with 1st grade. I did this as a 1-day filler project right around Valentine's day while we were in between projects. We talked about cherry blossom trees, but then I did let them make heart blossoms to glue on. We also talked about symmetry (folding small pieces of paper in half to cut out half a heart). These were ink blown trees using India ink and straws.