Thank You” Drawings

With Thanks­giv­ing just around the cor­ner, what bet­ter time than now to focus your stu­dents on being thank­ful for the bless­ings in their lives? Have your stu­dents choose one thing they’re thank­ful for and teach them how to write it with “outline let­ters”, which they can then dec­o­rate to reflect the theme of their illustration.

To make out­line let­ters, lightly pen­cil in the word you want to write, leav­ing extra space between the let­ters. Then out­line all the way around each let­ter. It’s fun to cre­ate dif­fer­ent styles of let­ters to give your draw­ing the “per­son­al­ity” you want, round­ing cor­ners, adding ser­ifs, or chang­ing your let­ters into shapes like hearts, flags or vines. Add some fun details to sup­port your theme. You can trace your fin­ished design with an Ultra-fine Sharpie. Finally, erase the orig­i­nal let­ters you started with (now in the mid­dle of each out­line let­ter) and any stray pen­cil lines still show­ing. Use col­ored pen­cils or mark­ers to fin­ish it off.

Here are a few exam­ples from my 4th-6th grade students, giving thanks where thanks is due. There is noth­ing quite like the charm of kids’ artwork!!

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One Response to Thank You” Drawings

  1. erica November 15, 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    those are SO cute! they make me smile.

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