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Build classroom community. Promote teamwork. Encourage leadership skills with Swimmy’s exciting story and lush ocean art.
Read Swimmy by Leo Lionni to the class as a read aloud. Invite students to imagine the beautiful colors and creatures of the ocean. What made Swimmy the leader of his school? How could you be more like Swimmy? Allow time for discussion.
Here’s a project that can be done as a class mural or in small groups. Students begin by sponge painting the ocean on a large piece of craft paper. Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Using a paint brush, students wet heavy paper with water.
Students place a few drops of water into each Crayola Washable Watercolor pan. Dip a sponge into a color and sponge it across the paper. Encourage students to use their imaginations to choose more ocean colors to add to the scene. Air-dry the background.
Students design the fish to swim in the art scene. In the ocean, sketch a large fish with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils.
Draw a small fish on a sponge. Cut out the fish with Crayola Scissors.
Place red (or any color) Crayola Washable Paint in a recycled produce tray. Dip the sponge fish into the paint. Fill the large fish outline with many sponged red fish. Leave a space where the eye would be for Swimmy. Print him with black paint. Air-dry paintings.
Erase any extra colored pencil marks.
Provide opportunities for students to retell Swimmy’s story to younger children, or to compose a story of their own.
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