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6th Grade Portfolio Project — Follow Your Star!

I’m espe­cially excited about my 6th grade port­fo­lio project! This project is inspired by an amaz­ing book by author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who cre­ated the clas­sic children’s books “The Dot” and “Ish”. This poten­tially life-changing book, “The North Star”, is so spe­cial, it even has it’s own web­site! (Check out this site for fun activ­i­ties for […]

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Kindergarten Stars

Try these sim­ple instruc­tions to teach your kinders how to draw stars. As adults, we make these designs auto­mat­i­cally, almost with­out think­ing, but for a five year old draw­ing their very first star, it’s noth­ing short of mag­i­cal! Once it “clicks” for them, they will be draw­ing stars every­where! First talk about types of lines, […]

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6th Grade Portfolio Project — Follow Your Star!

I’m espe­cially excited about my 6th grade port­fo­lio project! This project is inspired by an amaz­ing book by author/illustrator Peter Reynolds, who cre­ated the clas­sic children’s books “The Dot” and “Ish”. This poten­tially life-changing book, “The North Star”, is so spe­cial, it even has it’s own web­site! (Check out this site for fun activ­i­ties for […]

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Sunset Cityscapes

I do this project year after year with the 1st graders, and it’s always a hit. The kids really get cre­ative with their build­ings and the results are fab­u­lous! Direc­tions: 1. Begin by paint­ing clear water over a piece of white 9x12 water­color paper or heavy-weight con­struc­tion paper (what I use). Then do a wet-on-wet […]

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The Colors of the Rainbow

Kids love rain­bows! And kids in grades K-1 tend to be almost obsessed with them. And why not?? After all, rain­bows are fas­ci­nat­ing! A rain­bow is a mul­ti­col­ored arch that forms in the sky when the sun shines onto droplets of mois­ture in the air. Rain­bows span a con­tin­u­ous spec­trum of col­ors in a specific […]

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