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Explore the world of small animal adventures by reading a Beatrix Potter book. Choose a favorite scene or character to illustrate from these children's classics.
Share stories by British author and illustrator Beatrix Potter with the class. Invite students to get to know her beloved characters. You'll enjoy Peter Rabbit (along with Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail), Benjamin Bunny, and Squirrel Nutkin. Provide time for children to talk with classmates about their favorite characters, story events, and settings.
Organize text and electronic resources for students to view on Beatrix Potter. Encourage students to research information about Potter's life and her publishing career. She got started as a writer by sending animal stories to a sick child. You'll learn that later she changed careers and raised sheep instead.
Invite students to re-create a favorite scene from one of Potter's books. Suggest they make a garden gate cover for their original drawings. Students begin by folding a large piece of paper in half and crease. Unfold. Bring each edge to the center. Fold and crease. The folds create the garden gate.
Using Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks, students draw a background scene of sky and garden. Accent it with a gate and fence. Use Crayola Washable Markers to highlight the fence.
Ask students to open their gate flaps. Encourage them to use their imaginations to show a favorite scene from a Beatrix Potter story. Which characters are in the scene? Is there a Rabbit in the Garden?
When scenes are complete, provide time in the school day for students to individually present their artwork to small groups of classmates, explaining what they decided to include in the picture and why.
When all presentations are complete, bring the class together to discuss student research on the life of Beatrix Potter. Discuss how they feel the life of Beatrix Potter influenced her writing.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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