Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shape Cows with Patterns

Hi all!  I feel like it's been forever since I've posted!  With everything going on lately, it's been very difficult to find, my internet has been down at home!  With that being said, I have A LOT of stuff to share with you.

The first thing I'll share is what my kindergartners just finished up.  We did shape cows and practiced our patterns.  This was a project that I did last year with them as well.  The one little change I made was to have them use black crayons instead of black Sharpie to outline everything, in part to reinforce the wax resist technique and also because I'm running out of Sharpies this year!  I also had them make their patterns in black instead of allowing them to use colored crayons...just to change it up a bit.

Again, this is one of those projects that aligns with the Common Core Math standards...the one where kindergartners are supposed to be able to identify shapes.  I didn't know this, but apparently they don't do patterns anymore in kindergarten!  Patterns are supposed to be learned in Pre-K now, so this was also a good review of patterns.

I must apologize for the photographs of these.  They are very wrinkly because my students started these with a substitute, who grabbed the wrong paper.  If you ever want to know what watercolor paint looks like on cheap, 60 lb. drawing paper, here it is!

Currently, my students are participating in the Common Core Listening & Learning strand about weather and the seasons, so our current project in the works right now is a spring project.  Students are drawing themselves under an umbrella, and then we will be blowing blue paint with straws to make the rain!  Hopefully I'll be able to share those finished projects next week! :)


  1. I enjoy the individual content of these pictures. I get fed up with whole classes of children producing pictures that look the same. Your class has clearly been given guidelines but enough freedom to own their own work. Thank you for posting.

  2. These are really cute...I always seem to run out of Sharpies myself..I used to teach patterns in kindergarten too, but I feel like the k curriculum is becoming so much like a first grade curriculum now, it's pretty intense for the kiddies. Quick question on the lesson, When you began it, did you do some type of a guided drawing with the kids of how to create the cow?

    1. Yes, I did a step-by-step drawing tutorial with the students. I drew the nose and mouth first, and then let them do it. Next I did the head, ears, horns, eyes, etc., and let them do theirs. Last was the body with legs and tail.