Animals and insects line up to be counted in painted scenes.
30 to 60 minutes
Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. At the top of a piece of construction paper, students use Crayola® Washable Watercolors to a paint background scene, such as a farm, garden, or ocean. Leave space at the bottom for a description. Dry.
Students imagine what kinds of creatures live in the setting, such as pigs on a farm, bugs in a garden, and fish in an ocean. On a separate sheet of paper, use Crayola Washable Markers to draw a set of creatures. Cut out each creature with Crayola Scissors.
students count their creatures. Attach them to your dry watercolor scene with a Crayola Washable Glue Stick.
With markers, students describe their scene using words and numerals. Exchange scenes with classmates to count and read each other's work.
LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
LA: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
MATH: Understand place value.
SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
With the help of adults, small groups of students write stories, songs, or poems about their original scenes, incorporating counting as an integral element.
Encourage students to create a second scene that includes a different number of creatures.
Organize student artwork for the counting exercise into a class book. Students take turns bringing the book home to share with family members and practice their counting after school hours.